[R] Seasonal adjustment with seas - Error: X-13 has returned a non-zero exist status

Weber Sylvain (HES) @y|v@|n@weber @end|ng |rom he@ge@ch
Fri Sep 18 12:08:21 CEST 2020

Dear Bill, Jeff, and Bert,

Thanks so much for the replies.
Bill is absolutely right. The problem came from the UNC path. 
I could solve the issue by adding the following lines to my Rprofile:
myPaths <- .libPaths()
myPaths <- c('M:/R/win-library/4.0', myPaths[2])  # where 'M:/R/win-library/4.0' is the traditional DOS path corresponding to the UNC path \\... 

Thanks again!


De : Bill Dunlap <williamwdunlap using gmail.com> 
Envoyé : jeudi, 17 septembre 2020 18:35
À : Weber Sylvain (HES) <sylvain.weber using hesge.ch>
Cc : r-help using R-project.org
Objet : Re: [R] Seasonal adjustment with seas - Error: X-13 has returned a non-zero exist status

The problem might to due to using an UNC path (//machine//blah/...) instead of the traditional DOS path ("H:/blah/...").

E.g., if my working directory has a UNC path, cmd.exe will not work as expected:
> getwd()
[1] "\\\\server/dept/devel/bill-sandbox"
> system("C:\\WINDOWS\\SYSTEM32\\cmd.exe /c echo foo bar", intern=TRUE)
[1] "'\\\\server\\dept\\devel\\bill-sandbox'"                           
[2] "CMD.EXE was started with the above path as the current directory."
[3] "UNC paths are not supported.  Defaulting to Windows directory."   
[4] "foo bar"                          

You can test that by mapping "\\http://hes-nas-prairie.hes.adhes.hesge.ch/Home_S/sylvain.weber/Documents/R/win-library/4.0/x13binary/bin/x13ashtml.exe" to a driver letter and using letter-colon everywhere instead of "\\...".


On Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 8:46 AM Weber Sylvain (HES) <mailto:sylvain.weber using hesge.ch> wrote:
Dear all,

I am using function "seas" from package "seasonal" for seasonal adjustment of time series. I am using the latest version of R (4.0.2, 64-bit).
The following lines provide a small working example:
m <- seas(AirPassengers)

On my private laptop, everything is going smoothly, and I obtain the following output:
## OUTPUT ##
seas(x = AirPassengers)

          Weekday          Easter[1]         AO1951.May  MA-Nonseasonal-01  
         -0.00295            0.01777            0.10016            0.11562  

But on my office computer, I receive the following error message after issuing " m <- seas(AirPassengers)":
## ERROR ##
Error: X-13 has returned a non-zero exist status, which means that the current spec file cannot be processed for an unknown reason.
In addition: Warning message:
In system(cmd, intern = intern, wait = wait | intern, show.output.on.console = wait,  :
  running command 'C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe /c "\\http://hes-nas-prairie.hes.adhes.hesge.ch/Home_S/sylvain.weber/Documents/R/win-library/4.0/x13binary/bin/x13ashtml.exe" C:\Users\SYLVAI~1.WEB\AppData\Local\Temp\Rtmpe0MDE7\x132d0cb8579b9/iofile -n -s' had status 1

A similar issue has been already mentioned in various blogs, for instance:
but I couldn't find any solution yet.

Does anyone have any idea why this issue is occurring?

Thanks very much.


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