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

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Thu Oct 22 00:10:23 CEST 2009

I had earlier succeeded on a second attempt using

  install.packages(pkgs="rms",  dependencies = c("Depends", "Imports",  
"LinkingTo", "Suggests", "Enhances") ) ## i.e the kitchen sink approach

So with the goal of creating an error log, I just now trashed rms,  
Design, rpart and Hmisc and tried using the Gui installer using a  
faster connection (Ethernet this time vs. WiFi earlier) and got the  
appropriate prompt installation of the missing items with "install  
dependencies" checked.. So I am unable to reproduce the prior  
problems. I now suspect it was a combination of slow connection and  
impatience. Apologies.


On Oct 21, 2009, at 2:19 PM, Simon Urbanek wrote:

> David,
> 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).
> Cheers,
> Simon
>>> 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

David Winsemius, MD
Heritage Laboratories
West Hartford, CT

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