[R-SIG-Mac] R Update - FAILED- HELP!!!

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Oct 7 00:11:05 CEST 2012

On 06/10/2012 22:12, Jean Jang wrote:
> Apologies, I forgot to include the message from the Terminal:
> jeans-macbook-104:~ jean$ R
> R version 2.13.1 (2011-07-08)

Please try installing a current version of R from CRAN: that is several 
versions old and 2.15.1 is current (and 2.15.2 imminent).

Do you know what version you updated from?

Had I been Michael I would have asked you to start R with 'R --vanilla': 
one possibility is that the startup files have got corrupted or need 
updating for the updated R.

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That's one file you may need to get out of the way.

>  >
> On 6-Oct-12, at 10:38 AM, R. Michael Weylandt wrote:
>> On Sat, Oct 6, 2012 at 9:33 PM, Jean Jang <jeanwaijang at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi R-listers,
>>> I just tried updating my R and now I can't even open it and it is
>>> prompting me to relaunch then relaunch just reappears. And it will not
>>> open R. I am afraid I may have lost my scripts.
>>> What should I do? I am running a MacBook OS X Version 10.5.8
>>> 1) Restore the entire system to an earlier date?
>>> 2) Drag R from applications and reload R program (updated version)?
>>> Will my script files still show up if I do either of these options this?
>>> Please advise. Jean
>> Hi Jean,
>> We'll need some more information about what you did and how you went
>> about doing it.
>> Firstly, did you use the CRAN R installer or did you do something
>> "unofficial" like homebrew?
>> Second, can you launch R from the Terminal? [1] If so, it's likely a
>> GUI problem and not a problem with R itself.
>> Thirdly, don't panic. If you saved your scripts in a reasonable place
>> (e.g., anything under your home directory) the R installer shouldn't
>> have touched it.
>> Cheers,
>> Michael
>> [1] If you don't know how to do this, click the "Applications" stack
>> in your dock. Then utilities. Then Terminal. A window (likely white
>> with black font) will appear; type "R" (no quotes) into it and hit
>> enter.
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