[R] R and R commander

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Sun Mar 14 15:19:19 CET 2010

Dear John,

These instructions appear to come from your instructor, and you might try
asking him or her what to do.

Duncan Murdoch has already suggested that you might not have permission to
edit a file in Program Files, and explained an alternative. You could also
try running Notepad as administrator to edit the Rprofile.site file. And you
could reinstall R to a location other than Program Files where you have the
ability to edit files.

I hope this helps,

John Fox
Senator William McMaster 
  Professor of Social Statistics
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
web: socserv.mcmaster.ca/jfox

> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of john_j_carroll at mail.com
> Sent: March-14-10 1:23 AM
> To: r-help at r-project.org
> Subject: [R] R and R commander
> Hi,
> I am a student studying Biostatistics at University. We have been advised
> install R and R commander. I managed to do this successfully, except I
> able to complete the final step - which would enable both R and R
> to launch when I open the R icon on my desktop.
> However, I haven't been able to save it and for this to work.
> The last instructions we were given are:
> 3. If you wish to load the R Commander automatically when R starts, first
> find
> R's etc directory. In my computer, it is: C:\Program Files\R\RTopic
> 1: The Role of Statistics in Health: Populations and Samples
> PUBH7630 Course Notes 1-23
> 2.10.1\etc . Right click on the file Rprofile.site and select 'Open
> With'. Open the file with the 'notepad' program.
> 4. Go to the bottom of the brief file and copy/paste the following at the
> end:
> local({old <- getOption("defaultPackages")
> options(defaultPackages = c(old, "Rcmdr"))})
> (Don't include any # symbols like the already-existing text has.)
> 5. Save the file and then close it.
> 6. Next time you open R, R Commander will also pop open. How about
> now?
> 7. You can check if this has worked by first closing down R. To exit R
> use the
> File => Exit menus or type q() at the R command line prompt. If you want
> to close both R and R Commander at the same time, use the File => Exit
> menus in R Commander and click Exit => from Commander and R.)
> 8. Then reopen it (click the R icon or on your desktop or run R from the
> Programs
> menu and then reopening it). R and R Commander will sit as two separate
> windows on your computer.
> NOTE: If you have not set R to have 'SDI' then the R Commander Messages
> will
> give you a warning that R Commander works best with SDI. It may not run
> things the way
> it should, so please follow the instructions to set R with SDI. Ensure
> you have done
> the steps for all shortcuts to the R program (desktop icon, quick launch
> icon, start menu,
> etc).
> However, it is not saving it after I add the below info after the
> RProfile.site in notepad
> local({old <- getOption("defaultPackages")
> options(defaultPackages = c(old, "Rcmdr"))})
> It comes up with a message it cannot create or save the file.
> I would appreciate any assistance as soon as possible (so I don't get too
> behind in my studies).
> Many Thanks,
> John
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