[R-SIG-Mac] [R-SIG Question] Starting R on System Startup
simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Fri Nov 21 19:17:21 CET 2008
On Nov 21, 2008, at 11:42 AM, brendan veeneman wrote:
> Hi R people,
> I have a Mac OSX server (it's basically a very fast desktop) running
> R that I'd like to set to run automatically on system reboots. I
> tried using the system startup items as I had with other
> applications, but for whatever reason R wouldn't take.
> Interestingly, it sent the standard booting information ("Welcome to
> R",etc) to the system console, though by the time I could check the
> process list it was never running.
I think you're adding the wrong thing - clearly adding the R itself is
useless since it will just show what you saw and exit since it has
nothing to do.
I have still absolutely no idea what are you trying to do. R is an
interpreter so running it on startup makes no sense unless you have a
script to run. If you want to run the R.app GUI, that's whole another
story and that should work just fine with startup items.
> Do any of you administrate R on OSX? I've heard some things about a
> new mac startup interface called launchd - does this work for R?
Of course, but this has nothing to do with R ... I suspect that you're
mixing up several concepts here ...
> I know StartupItems is deprecated but I figured I'd check if it was
> possible in launchd before trying it. I've searched online for this
> information for a couple weeks but couldn't find it (for some
> reason, googling the letter R and the word startup or boot wasn't
> very fruitful), so I turn to you. If the answer to this question is
> RTFM, I don't know where to access that information, so help pages
> would definitely be appreciated too.
> As a corollary to this, I should also be able to require and run
> Rserve from the R startup files too, right?
Sure, but why would you do it in such a convoluted way? You can start
Rserve directly right away (see R CMD Rserve) and you could easily do
that via LaunchAgents ...
More information about the R-SIG-Mac