[R-SIG-Mac] OS 10.5.8 Compatibility

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Sun Dec 6 01:00:48 CET 2009


On Dec 5, 2009, at 3:05 PM, Francis Smart wrote:

> Dear R people,
> I am running OS 10.5.8 on my PowerBook G4 and unfortunately it will
> not allow me to upgrade to Snow Leopard, because it does not run an
> Intel Chip.

FWIW that makes no difference as we don't build anything specially for Snow Leopard. And, yes, ppc is no longer supported by Apple since 10.6.

> I have downloaded a version of R and it does not appear to be stable.

Can you tell us which version, please? I know that you already answered that you're happy with 2.9.2 but unless you tell us there may be more users sharing your frustration ... I don't have any ppc machines anymore so I cannot easily test that ...

> I have thought about about installing Linux to ensure a stable build
> but unfortunately I bought the PowerBook G4 used and I did not come
> with install disks.  The Leopard install disks I do have refuse to run
> on an non-Intel machine.  So if I installed Linux, that would mean
> that I would have to uninstall OS X and I probably would not be able
> to reinstall it.
> So I guess I am wondering if anybody has a build of R that they know
> is stable on 10.5.8.  Also, I am sure there are other potential
> solutions that I have not thought of.

R is supposed to be stable but there was one big change in the R.app GUI for R 2.10 which may be the culprit (but then there were some GUI mismatch reports in the Tiger build so possibly the Leopard build is fine...). The real question is whether you installed the Tiger or the Leopard build of R (both work on your machine). Once we know we can try to trace that back ...


> Any recommendations?
> Thank you for your time,
> Francis
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