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

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Wed Oct 21 20:19:34 CEST 2009


On Oct 21, 2009, at 12:09 , David Winsemius wrote:

> I
> 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.

Can you send me the trace, please?

> 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?

There is no change I'm aware of since 2.9.2 -- if R is not coming back  
to the GUI due to some internet issues the behavior is the same -- you  
can't abort it unless you kill it (stop/<Esc> only affects R commands,  
but installation is done externally so it doesn't react to it).


>> 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
> David Winsemius, MD
> Heritage Laboratories
> West Hartford, CT

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