[Rd] fortune() in .Rprofile conflicts with R CMD INSTALL

Kurt Hornik Kurt.Hornik at wu-wien.ac.at
Mon Mar 5 12:27:36 CET 2007

>>>>> Gregor Gorjanc writes:

> Seth Falcon <sfalcon <at> fhcrc.org> writes:
>> The quick fix for you is, I believe,
>> if (interactive()) {
>> library(fortunes)
>> fortune()
>> detach("package:fortunes")
>> }
>> Whether something could be changed so that R's output doesn't confuse
>> itself and gcc when doing R CMD INSTALL, seems like it should be
>> possible.

> Yes, this solves my! problem. I do not know what is causing this
> behaviour.

Well, r-devel's src/scripts/INSTALL.in now has

if test -z "${lib}"; then
  lib=`echo "cat(.libPaths()[1])" | \
    R_DEFAULT_PACKAGES=NULL "${R_EXE}" --no-save --slave`
  message "Installing to library '$lib'"

so we need to find a way to "just get" the result of cat(.libPaths()[1])
into $lib as intended.

One idea might be ensuring that this gets into the last line on its own,
and then taking $lib as the last line of what we got ...


> This did not happen with 2.4.1

> Thank you Seth.

> Gregor

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