[R-SIG-Mac] questions and suggestions for R gui
chabotd at globetrotter.net
Wed Nov 17 22:07:19 CET 2004
I really like the new R mac gui, but I am not sure yet if it behaves
unexpectedly at times or if it is just my limited knowledge of R. In
particular I did not look very much for what has changed between R 1.9
and R 2, so I may do stupid things.
It seems to me that in the previous R on Mac (1.9), all menu selections
resulted in feedback in the console. It does not seem to be the case
anymore. This is confusing because getting feedback some of the time
leaves you wondering if things are OK the rest of the time. For
instance, in package manager, if I select mgcv, I get "This is mgcv
1.1-8" in the console. But if I take MASS, nothing happens in the
In preferences, I don't seen a way to permanently set my working
directory anymore. Choosing it with "change working directory" and
saving my working directory when quitting R does not set the working
directory permanently either.
In preferences for the quartz device, the "change" button to select a
font does nothing.
Also, while acknowledging the immense amount of work that the authors
of R gui have done, I would like to make a suggestion so that R gui
would be yet more mac like. In things like Package Manager, we click on
packages we'd like to load, but there is no button to select an action
to be taken on our selection. We have to "close" the window and the
packages get loaded. It is counterintuitive, in other programs if we
close a window we cancel the selections we might have made. It would be
clearer, I think, to have at the bottom a <cancel> and a <load> (or
just OK) button. Do other users agree?
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