[R] Help with RGL package problem

Joshua Wiley jwiley.psych at gmail.com
Wed Dec 15 19:24:22 CET 2010

Hi David,

I had similar errors are linux awhile back.  I ended up needing to
install/update some of rgl's non-R dependencies.  I want to say it was
OpenGL and GLU in particular, but I was doing a lot of
install/updating at the time and I may be mixing one or both of those
up.  Also that was linux, not Mac, but anyway I would start by looking


and then checking/updating any of those system requirements.



On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:11 AM, David A. Johnston
<dajohnston at ucdavis.edu> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have been experiencing an odd error with the RGL package that I cannot
> figure out.  I have searched without luck for fixes to this problem on
> Rseek, Google, and the R-help-list.
> RGL used to work on my machine about a month ago.  It was a very useful
> tool.  The graphics device will not initialize now, and I cannot figure out
> why.
> When I try to load the package using ...
>> library(rgl)
> ... I get a warning message:
> Warning messages:
> 1: In rgl.init(initValue) : RGL: no suitable visual available
> 2: In fun(...) : error in rgl_init
> I also notice I cannot open a new rgl device:
>> open3d()
> Error in rgl.open() : rgl.open failed
> I am on MacOS 10.6.5.  X11 is installed and is working to my knowledge.
> Does anybody have any suggestions to figure this problem out?  I tried
> reinstalling the RGL package (v0.92.794), I tried removing all but the base
> R packages, I tried installing from both source and binary, I tried
> re-installing R (v2.12.0).  No luck with any of these ideas.
> I'm appending my session info and installed packages:
>> sessionInfo()
> R version 2.12.0 (2010-10-15)
> Platform: x86_64-apple-darwin9.8.0/x86_64 (64-bit)
> locale:
> [1] C
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base
>> rownames(installed.packages())
>  [1] "base"      "boot"      "codetools" "datasets"  "grDevices" "graphics"
>  [7] "grid"      "methods"   "rgl"       "splines"   "stats"     "stats4"
> [13] "tcltk"     "tools"     "utils"
> Thanks,
> -David Johnston
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Joshua Wiley
Ph.D. Student, Health Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles

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