[R] [R-SIG-Mac] problem with the installation of r commander on a mac

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Wed Jun 12 17:03:41 CEST 2013

Dear Susanne,

Installation instructions for the Rcmdr are at
but you've apparently done what you normally need to do to get it to work.
Though you don't say so, I assume that you have the latest versions of R
(3.0.1) and the Rcmdr (1.9-6), and that you've not only downloaded XQuartz,
but installed it (a necessary step on Mac OS X 10.8).

Beyond that, you haven't provided much detail about the error, but I suspect
that for some reason XQuartz isn't finding your display. One way to check
whether the error is particular to the Rcmdr is to try to load the tcltk
package in R directly via library(tcltk). You might also try starting the
XQuartz app *before* you start R.

It's a bit disconcerting that others have occasionally reported a similar
problem, solved the problem, but, as far as I know, failed to post the
solution to this list, which seems to me a common courtesy. If I knew the
solution, I could add it to the Rcmdr installation notes.

I'm not a frequent user of Mac OS X, and I've never experienced problems
installing the Rcmdr on it. I imagine that other list members will be able
to offer more concrete help.


John Fox
Senator McMaster Professor of Social Statistics
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-
> project.org] On Behalf Of Susanne.Ettinger
> Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:06 AM
> To: r-help at r-project.org
> Subject: Re: [R] [R-SIG-Mac] problem with the installation of r
> commander on a mac
> Dear all,
> I am trying to install R and the Rcmdr package on a MacOSX 10.8.4.
> It appears that I keep getting the error message "Erreur : le
> chargement du package ou de l'espace de noms a échoué pour 'Rcmdr'" no
> matter what my approach is. Even downloading XQuartz-2.7.4 did not
> help.
> I found the same problem outlined on the following website
> https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/2012-October/325305.html
> and was wondering whether a solution to the problem has been stated
> since then and if you could help me with instructions how to proceed ?
> Thank you very much for your help !
> Kind regards,
> Susanne
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