[R-sig-Debian] annoying warnings in ESS/Emacs

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Wed Jun 28 13:25:38 CEST 2006

On 27 June 2006 at 22:59, Sebastian Luque wrote:
| Simon Blomberg <blomsp at ozemail.com.au> wrote:
| [...]
| > This only occurs in GNU Emacs, not when running R from bash, and not
| > with Xemacs. It started happening when I updated R and a lot of packages 
| > to 2.3.1. I checked the archives and found this message: 
| > http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/devel/06/05/5278.html.
| Currently, I'm getting the following at startup in my system, whether from
| Emacs/ESS or a console:
| ---<---------------cut here---------------start-------------->---
| During startup - Warning message:
| use of NULL environment is deprecated 
| R> if(!exists("baseenv", mode="function")) baseenv <- function() NULL
| options(STERM='iESS', editor='emacsclient')
| R> R> sessionInfo()
| Version 2.3.1 (2006-06-01) 
| i486-pc-linux-gnu 
| attached base packages:
| [1] "methods"   "stats"     "graphics"  "grDevices" "utils"     "datasets" 
| [7] "base"     
| other attached packages:
|    chron  gmodels  lattice 
|  "2.3-3" "2.12.0" "0.13-8" 
| ---<---------------cut here---------------end---------------->---
| Of the packages showing as attached, only chron is installed in a local
| library.  I've narrowed down the culprit of the warning at startup to
| gmodels, which I've gotten from r-cran-gmodels, from the unstable
| distribution.  From reading this thread, and the one Simon refers to, is
| it right to say that there's not much we (as users) can do until the
| gmodels package maintainer replaces use of the NULL environment in the
| source?  Likewise for other Debian R packages generating the warning when
| loading them?

AFAIK a simple rebuild would cure it. Could you try a) removing 'our' gmodels
and b) installing a 'local' one from CRAN and see if that helps?


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