[R] Identifying presence of Java

Jeff Newmiller jdnewm|| @end|ng |rom dcn@d@v|@@c@@u@
Sat Nov 9 18:28:34 CET 2019

I am mystified by your description.

A) If java is not installed, the operating system or system shell will be the source of any error associated with attempting to invoke it. That means the error message could be anything, but I find it quite surprising that the message emitted by the OS would mention "runtime". In any event, look for the output you can rely on from java for positive identification rather than looking for any consistent pattern in the error messages for negative confirmation.

B) Many OS command shells are case-sensitive... asking for the "Java" program is in that case different than asking for the "java" program.

On November 9, 2019 8:51:43 AM PST, Dennis Fisher <fisher using plessthan.com> wrote:
>R 3.6.3
>OSX and Windows
>I want to identify if Java is installed on a particular computer.
>When I execute
>	Java -version
>in a terminal (OSX), but not in R, there are two outcomes:
>Java installed yields:
>	java version "13.0.1" 2019-10-15 
>	Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 13.0.1+9) 
>	Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 13.0.1+9, mixed mode,
>Java not installed yields:
>	No Java runtime installed
>I assume that there are comparable outputs in Windows.
>I would like to capture this output in R using the system command, then
>search for “No Java runtime installed” )or the correponding text in
>I execute something like:
>	CAPTURE	<- system("Java -version", intern=TRUE, ignore.stderr=FALSE,
>(with various permutations of TRUE/FALSE for the options) but I cannot
>capture what is displayed on the console.
>I have also tried “system2” with various TRUE/FALSE permutations
>without success.
>Any clever ideas?
>Dennis Fisher MD
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