[R-SIG-Mac] 64 bit Mac GUI

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Feb 2 09:33:39 CET 2009

You should be able to install all the packages you need on a 64-but 
machine -- the Linux community has been doing so for years, and 64-bit 
Linux has been part of the testing equally for several years.  (I only 
have 64-bit Linux systems.)

With 'statnet', the chain of dependencies includes 'rgl' where you 
only have access to the X11 version (and will need to modify the 
sources to build it).  I suspect that this is actually a problem with 
the statnet suite - 'shapes' claims to depend on rgl but probably 
should only suggest it.  This is the not the place, but the authors of 
the suite need to be asked to study and follow 'Writing R Extensions'.

We know about the rgl issues, and workarounds are being discussed.

'igraph' compiles from the sources on x86_64 Mac OS -- what problems 
did you encounter when you tried?

Running 32- and 64-bit R on the same machine is very simple (start up 
with R --arch=), but I suspect what you are talking about is running 
R.app (the GUI).  I'll leave Simon to explain that.

On Sun, 1 Feb 2009, Smith, Edward C wrote:

> Simon, I'm following up a post that you responded to online.  Apologies for 
> the unsolicited email, but I thought you might be able to answer a quick 
> question.  I'm running Mac OSX (Leopard) with 4GB RAM.  Nevertheless, I was 
> getting the Error: Cannot allocate vector of....etc. message running some 
> data and routines on the 32-bit R that I installed from CRAN.  I then 
> installed the 64-bit and was able to run what I needed without a memory 
> error, BUT, the problem I have now is that I can't seem to get a few 
> necessary packages to work in the new version.  Specifically, I use routines 
> from the "statnet" and "igraph" packages quite a bit.
> I see two options.  First, I'd like to have both the 32 and 64 bit versions 
> installed on my machine so that I can switch back and forth.  It seems as 
> soon as I get one installed, the other stops working, and vice versa.  The 
> other, better, option is figuring out a way to get the packages to work in 
> the 64-bit version.  Is this possible?  I use the GUI for both 32 bit and 64 
> bit (installed the latter per your instructions).  Now I seem to be lost 
> completely.
> Any help would be much appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Ned Smith
> University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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