[R-SIG-Mac]R on Darwin/X11

Jan de Leeuw deleeuw@stat.ucla.edu
Mon, 11 Mar 2002 08:41:59 -0800

No, I dont think X11 would go away. If you would start R from  the 
command line in an
Xterm you would still be able to use the X desktop.

On Monday, March 11, 2002, at 08:03 AM, Don MacQueen wrote:

> At 19:20 -0800 3/9/02, Jan de Leeuw wrote:
>> I will no longer maintain the Darwin/X11 version, since
>> (a) You can get a better version from fink -- in particular
>> if you set up fink properly you will not have the missing dylib
>> problems.
>> (b) I have agreed with Jeff Whitaker (fink R maintainer)
>> that he will put r-base, r-base-atlas, r-base-gnome, and 
>> r-base-atlas-gnome
>> in fink.
>> (c) I have agreed with Stefano that we will get working on
>> an Aqua GUI for R and he will get working on a Quartz device.
>> This will mean Quartz/Aqua wrappers around the
>> Darwin/X11 version of R, best of both worlds.
> This is quite ambitious, and I'm generally supportive. I think there 
> are probably a lot of Mac users for whom this would make it more likely 
> they would use R.
> I do have one question. Would the ability to work in X11 mode go away?
> Here's why I ask. Standard practice in the Mac windowing environment 
> has always been that the window that receives keyboard input MUST be on 
> top. When I'm using R, I find this restriction extremely annoying and 
> counter-productive. I normally have the graphics window partially 
> covering the top right of my command input window. That way I can make 
> the graphics window larger. Many, if not most, X11 window managers have 
> an option to allow this (it goes by various names; "follow-focus" is 
> one, because focus follows the mouse). Please, please, please, if at 
> all possible, have the "Quartz/Aqua" wrapper allow follow-focus. In all 
> likelihood, "input window on top" is so ingrained in Apple's world-view 
> that it won't be possible, in which case my request is to allow 
> continued use in X11 mode.
> To put it briefly, given a choice between X11 mode allowing 
> follow-focus, and an Aqua mode that doesn't, this is a matter of 
> personal preference that I feel strongly about, and I would choose the 
> X11 mode.
>> (d) I have agreed with Jeff that we will start putting R packages
>> into the fink system. He has already installed rpy, which
>> went without a glitch, and which now allows one to use
>> all of R from python.
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