[R-SIG-Mac] R 2.10.0 beta -- please test!

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Wed Oct 21 18:09:21 CEST 2009

On Oct 21, 2009, at 11:24 AM, Simon Urbanek wrote:

> On Oct 20, 2009, at 15:20 , Peter Cowan wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 5:46 AM, Simon Urbanek
>> <simon.urbanek at r-project.org> wrote:
>>> Dear Mac users,
>>> please consider testing R 2.10.0 beta *before* the release. First,  
>>> we have
>>> now an automated installer generator system for Leopard and Snow  
>>> Leopard
>>> (incl. 64-bit R), so it will be useful to test that it works as  
>>> desired and
>>> second there was one very fundamental change in the GUI (not  
>>> necessarily
>>> visible for the user but it makes sure any new debugging/browser  
>>> support in
>>> R is passed into the GUI) so we want to make sure *before* the  
>>> release that
>>> any issues are ironed out -- but we can only do that with your  
>>> feedback.
>>> The beta releases can be downloaded from
>>> http://R.research.att.com/
>> I'm still having difficulty w/ some of the help features.
>> Specifically on a fresh start of the R GUI selecting "R Help" from  
>> the
>> Help menu opens up a blank help window and gives the following at the
>> console:
>> sh: /Library/Frameworks/R.framework/Resources/share/sh/help-links.sh:
>> No such file or directory
>> Making packages.html . done
> Thanks, fixed.
>> Also, the "magnifying glass" help files on both the R Console and the
>> R Help windows do not open the desired help pages, they only bring
>> focus to the help window.
> Thanks, also fixed in the revision 5509.

I installed the earlier RC r50178 and attempted to install package rms  
with dependencies to the "System Level" using the GUI Package  
Installer from CRAN. 10 minutes later I am still looking at a spinning  
rainbow ball. The Stop icon on the Console window is greyed out and  
not responding. <esc> has no effect.

So, now that I have an R system that won't do an useful work for me,  
is there an exit set of keystrokes and  what is the proper way to  
gracefully retreat to 2.9.2?

> Thanks again for the reports,
> Simon
>> Thanks for making R on the mac a pleasant experience.

I echo the thanks despite this glitch, since my overall experience is  
very positive with the Mac version and I could not get half as much  
useful work done on alternate systems.


David Winsemius, MD
Heritage Laboratories
West Hartford, CT

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