[Rd] Mac R spinning wheel with Package Manager (PR#14005)

james at howison.name james at howison.name
Wed Oct 14 17:30:22 CEST 2009

Thanks Simon,

I changed my mirror and the freeze on "Get List" reduced (although  
there was still a spinning pizza).  Attempting an install definitely  
locked things up, but I can tell from my network activity that it was  
downloading and it did go ahead and install.

Thanks, I suppose expected behavior would be something communicating  
the issue and perhaps a progress bar; certainly I think avoiding a  
spinning pizza would be a good think, since that is usually very bad  
news :)


On Oct 14, 2009, at 09:32, Simon Urbanek wrote:

> (moving to the proper mailing list: R-SIG-Mac - this is not a bug so  
> far!)
> James,
> this look like your internet access is stalling R -- it's not really  
> R freezing but your internet. Try using a different mirror and/or  
> check your internet connection.
> Cheers,
> Simon
> On Oct 13, 2009, at 10:45 , james at howison.name wrote:
>> Full_Name: James Howison
>> Version: 2.9.2
>> OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8
>> Submission from: (NULL) (
>> For quite a while now I have been unable to use Package Manager to  
>> install
>> programs.  I get the spinning wheel and long lock ups.  This  
>> happens when I hit,
>> "get list", but that eventually returns, seemingly successfully.   
>> However it
>> also happens when I try to install a package, the whole application  
>> locks up.  I
>> don't see anything in a log file; I took a sample using Activity  
>> Manager and the
>> report after a force quit (which I didn't "send to apple")
>> I'm able to build packages fine using install.packages and CMD  
>> This behavior continued with a fresh R install (Oct 13, 2009)

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