[R] R bug when started in Windows 10

Bert Gunter bgunter.4567 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 14 23:14:03 CEST 2016

I'm not on Windows and cannot help directly. But you might consider
downloading Rstudio ( https://www.rstudio.com/ ) and running R through
that. Their website should contain the info you need to get things up
and running.


Bert Gunter

"The trouble with having an open mind is that people keep coming along
and sticking things into it."
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On Sun, Aug 14, 2016 at 12:57 PM, Itamar José G. Nunes
<nunesijg at gmail.com> wrote:
> Greetings, CRAN supporter. I am Itamar José, a Brazilian programmer and
> biotechnology student.
> I'm using R from some time ago, most of the time working with it in Windows
> 7, but since I changed to Windows 10, I'm having some bugs when R platform
> particularly in this new operational system. If there's not problem, I
> would like some help from you for what I can do about this issue.
> I have asked about this problem in StarkOverflow, but no resolution was
> suggested until now. As I said there, I'm working with a software project
> that requires the portable version of R platform and my intention is to use
> R in any version of Windows and in any compatible computer. I'm copying
> here my answer, as shown below:
> *From
> [http://stackoverflow.com/questions/37173431/r-platform-failed-to-start-in-windows-10-when-inside-directory-containing-white
> <http://stackoverflow.com/questions/37173431/r-platform-failed-to-start-in-windows-10-when-inside-directory-containing-white>]Problem:*
> In Windows 7, R works fine without any worries, even in portable version.
> However, in Windows 10 (and probably also in Windows 8), R does not start
> when put the entire folder inside a directory containing whitespaces (ex.:
> "C:/Users/Main/Documents/My Folder/RVersion").
> In Windows 10, with the absence of spaces, R runs fine. In the presence of
> spaces, all executable (Rscript.exe, R.exe, etc) except Rgui.exe just open
> a console and closes instantly. The problem is: I really need that R works
> in any folder (this is a important part of the project).
> *Additional information:*
>    -
>    I found that R does not work well in directories without the 8dot3
>    format - and it think that Windows 10 lost this property, which was present
>    in Windows 7. Also, the problem is clear when I run Rgui.exe in a
>    whitespace-containing directory and try to run system("R.exe", intern=TRUE)
>    function: It throws an error indicating that only the part before the first
>    space in directory name was taken into account. Here is the message:
>    > system("R.exe", intern=TRUE)
>    [1] "'C:\\Users\\Main\\DOCUME~1\\My' nÆo ‚ reconhecido como um comando
>    interno" [2] "ou externo, um programa oper vel ou um arquivo em lotes."
>    attr(,"status") [1] 1 Warning message: running command 'R.exe' had status 1
> *Translation of messages [1] and [2]: "'C:\...\My'" not recognized as a
> internal or external command, nor a program operation or dataset*
>    -
>    The same occurs with non-portable version of R, as I already tested.
>    -
>    When I run with a .bat file with the corrected (quoted) directory as
>    input, R.exe runs, but in a disfunctional form and looking like cmd.exe (no
>    R command worked).
>    -
>    I have no ideia how to change variables such as R_HOME to a readable
>    version before R prompt starts.
> *System/Resources:*
>    - Windows 10 Home 64-bit with the last update.
>    - Dell Notebook with Intel i7-5500U 2.40 GHz (not so relevant, I think)
>    - R and R portable 3.3 (last version until this post), downloaded here: [
>    https://sourceforge.net/projects/rportable/]
>    <https://sourceforge.net/projects/rportable/%5D>
> I believe that, with the popularity of Windows 10, many other users could
> face this problem (specially those who depend of R portability). Because no
> answers were made, and since it remains as a little known issue, I think
> the CRAN support is the only one that knows, most than everyone, how to
> reach the resolution.
> Thanks in advance!
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> original observation." - Charles Darwin
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