[R] rterm 1.1.1 under windows 2000

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Sep 6 08:48:17 CEST 2000

On Tue, 5 Sep 2000, David Algranati wrote:

> Hello,
> I am experiencing trouble with r-term 1.1.1 for windows 2000.
> When I start rterm, and I get a prompt, it seems to freeze after any
> assignment statement (so, if I type x_rnorm(1000), I don't get another
> prompt).  Statements that don't involve assignment statements (like
> "plot(rnorm(1000))") seem to work, and I get a new prompt.
> The Rgui seems to work fine, and if I *can* run simple batch files (which
> include assignment statements) the way Ripley describes in the R for Windows
> FAQ.
> Anyone have any ideas as to what I'm doing wrong?

Not reading the README?  That says

   [Testing on Windows 2000 has not been extensive, and a few features
   have been reported to not work there.]


   Rterm.exe will run from a command line such as an MS-DOS or Commands
   Window running the standard shells, command.com (9x) and cmd.exe (NT),
   as well as the ports of bash and tcsh that we use.  Its primary
   purpose is to allow batch operation, but it does provide all the
   facilities needed for interactive use, including command-line editing
   (see the file README.Rterm).  [We have had reports that this does
   not work under Windows 2000.]


Similar behaviour has been reported a few times, using
Rterm.exe interactively and under ESS.  It looks like that the thread
handling (those situations use multiple threads) under 2000 is not working
as it did under 9x and NT4.  We have not yet had a chance to debug this
on a Windows 2000 machine and there is no known workaround, but as the
README notes, the primary purpose does work.  Hopefully this will be
resolved by the next release.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
1 South Parks Road,                     +44 1865 272860 (secr)
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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