[R-SIG-Mac] R.app GUI crashes on startup -- moved Rhistory, no Rdata, no crash menu

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Fri Jun 17 03:00:04 CEST 2011


On Jun 16, 2011, at 8:40 PM, Michael Gilbert wrote:

> Hi —
> As my first post on this list, I'll try to be complete but succinct.
> This is the symptom described in the R for Max OSX FAQ 12.16: "R.app GUI crashes on startup" This started for me on Version 2.13, running on Mac OS 10.6.7. (I had been away from R for a few months, so I can't ID a single trigger.) I followed the instructions in FAQ 12.16. Moved the history file. There was no Rdata workspace to move (not that I could find).

It is .RData (note the dot!) and it is a hidden file. You can move it aside with this (in Terminal):

mv ~/.RData ~/myOldData.RData

Also note that the history file is configurable so it could be .Rapp.history or .Rhistory - so make sure you checked both (ever since the configurability this issue is in fact rare).

> No problem running R on the command line at all. I upgraded to 2.14, to see if it would persist. Same thing, suggesting an environment issue. But I don't know what it is about my environment I should troubleshoot. I cannot get a crash log using the instructions in 12.16, because no crash menu appears. All I get is this in the system log:
> Jun 16 12:24:48 mcgLaptop-5 com.apple.launchd.peruser.502[285] ([0x0-0x1c71c7].org.R-project.R[19629]): Exited with exit code: 2
> I apologize if this report is in some way incomplete. Any advice on how to proceed?

It is almost entirely incomplete because you don't say what actually happens. We ask you to, please, report exact facts, not your interpretation thereof. If there was a crash, please send the crash report. If there was an error, please send the exact error.


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