[R-SIG-Mac] R does not start on my MacBook Pro3,1

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Mar 2 17:51:30 CET 2009

Some other things that might be relevant

the saved workspace ~/.Rdata
the saved history ~/.Rhistory
any personal library.

One piece of advice that often works is to start R with --vanilla 
(e.g. from a terminal 'R --vanilla'): if that works it indicates a 
problem in one of the startup files and with the help of ?Startup you 
can narrow the search down.

I hope that helps you here.

On Mon, 2 Mar 2009, Steve Lianoglou wrote:

> Hi Mary,
> On Mar 2, 2009, at 11:11 AM, Mary Meyer wrote:
>> Help!   I was running R code and started getting error messages that would 
>> not stop repeating.  I force-quit R, but when I attempted to run it again, 
>> it would not start (Icon kept bouncing until I force-quit again).  I 
>> restarted the computer, then I reinstalled R, but that did not fix the 
>> problem.  I deleted everything I could find related to R, and installed 
>> again.  Each time I install I get a "successful" message, but it does not 
>> start.  I don't know what to try next.
>> I have the latest versions of the operating system.
> Can you be a bit more specific about the error messages you were getting? (I 
> guess if you can't even start R, it's not likely, but maybe you remember 
> something about what the error was saying that kept repeating?)
> Also, I'm not sure what version 3,1 means in your MBP description, which MBP 
> are you runnning? (Though, I doubt it's a problem with the type of computer)
> In the meantime:
> * I think the only thing you need to delete in order to clean R out of your 
> system is:
> * the /Library/Frameworks/R.framework directory
> * /Applications/R.app
> Is that what you cleaned?
> * After cleaning and re-install (or now, even), can you run R from the 
> terminal? Just open up Terminal.app and type "R" (no quotes).
> -steve
> --
> Steve Lianoglou
> Graduate Student: Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology
> Weill Medical College of Cornell University
> http://cbio.mskcc.org/~lianos
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