[R] Curious warning in R for OS X w/Xwindows

Bear F. Braumoeller bbraumoeller at wcfia.harvard.edu
Tue Jul 22 23:19:42 CEST 2003

I recently reformatted my TiBook and reinstalled everything from the 
system up.  After installing Apple's version of XWindows and the 
XWindows version of R 1.7.0, I ran the two and got a strange warning:

R : Copyright 2003, The R Development Core Team
Version 1.7.0 Patched (2003-05-14)

R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.
Type `license()' or `licence()' for distribution details.

R is a collaborative project with many contributors.
Type `contributors()' for more information.

Type `demo()' for some demos, `help()' for on-line help, or
`help.start()' for a HTML browser interface to help.
Type `q()' to quit R.

 > help("lm")
WARNING: terminal is not fully functional
-  (press RETURN)

The main functional disabilities I've noticed after I press return are 
more or less cosmetic -- the arrow keys don't scroll, for example; 
rather, they produce ugly characters on the screen -- but are 
nevertheless annoying.  Moreover, I don't get this message in a regular 
terminal window when I use the "man" command; there, the viewer works 
exactly as it should.

Has anyone else encountered this, and does anyone have a fix?


Bear F. Braumoeller
Assistant Professor
Department of Government
Harvard University

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