[Rd] tcltk capability

Paul Johnson pauljohn32 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 27 20:18:30 CEST 2012

Sorry I did not see this sooner.  Response below:

On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM, Gabor Grothendieck
<ggrothendieck at gmail.com> wrote:
> There are quite a few packages that make use of tcltk and although
> - most R distributions have tcltk capability
> - its possible to query this via capabilities()[["tcltk"]]
> - attempting to build a package that needs it on such an R
> distribution will give a message letting one know
> users still seem to have problems with this.

I agree that packages are using tcltk, but users do so at their peril.
 Just loading tcltk breaks multicore functions like mclapply. I don't
understand why, you might be able to explain it to me.


tcltk is discouraged, at least to some in R core.

I would really appreciate some guidance on what graphics library I
should use to develop GUI for R programs.  There's no future in tcltk,
apparently, but I don't know what to work with.



> There was recently an R bug report submitted that likely stemmed from
> the user having such a build of R and recently there was also an R
> help post that seemed to be related to this as well.  As more and more
> packages add GUI capability these incidents are bound to increase.
> The best situation would be to arrange that every distribution of R
> have tcltk capability but if this is difficult to arrange then I
> suggest there be a message at start up similar to the existing locale
> message letting the user know that the R distribution they are running
> lacks tcltk capability.  Preferably the message would be somewhat
> menacing so that users are encouraged to get a different distribution
> of R right from the start.
> This might reduce such problem reports somewhat.
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