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

Jean Jang jeanwaijang at gmail.com
Sun Oct 7 02:07:58 CEST 2012

And yes the second time I did upload from:

> http://cran.r-project.org/bin/macosx/

But only:

R-2.15.1-signed.pkg (latest version)

Please let me know if there is another update for RStudio that I  
should be downloading.

Thank you,

On 6-Oct-12, at 1:26 PM, R. Michael Weylandt wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 12:04 AM, Jean Jang <jeanwaijang at gmail.com>  
> wrote:
>> Hi Thanks for your attention.
>> I avoided updating because I heard of similar problems. But found I  
>> had to
>> execute certain things. I can't find the R download in the folder I
>> initially tried but I remember it telling me that it could not finish
>> because the program was in use. I found this R icon next to my  
>> applications
>> folder and it is Rstudio 0.96.331 but says modified 27 Aug 12 - not  
>> sure if
>> this is the version I tried today.
>> I do not know how to 'R --vanilla'
>> I would like to be able to run RStudio this is what I know of and was
>> running from before.
>> I downloaded the latest version of R from the CRAN website (R-2.15.1
>> signed.pkg) and restarted.
>> But the RStudio icon I had in my dock will still not launch. Now in  
>> my
>> applications folder I have RStudio (big blue ball) and two icons  
>> for 'R' -
>> one with just 'R' the other with 'R64'. Should I be putting some of  
>> these in
>> the trash?
>> What should I do now?
>> Jean
> Let me try to make this clearer: there are three pieces of software
> working together:
> i) R the cross platform interpreted language. When we say "start R"
> this is really what we mean
> ii) The R Mac GUI provided by Simon et al. which comes bundled with R
> in the official installer, but is not required for use.
> iii) RStudio which is a different GUI/IDE provided by other people
> entirely which has its own support system distinct from these help
> lists.
> Both ii and iii start an instance of i but don't give you direct
> access to it, instead filtering your commands and R's output through a
> nicer user interface. Working through terminal gives you direct
> exposure to i. (I'm simplifying greatly, but just go with it) If i
> doesn't work, ii and iii can't, so that's the first thing to check.
> If you can go back to terminal and type
> R --vanilla
> where you just typed
> R
> before, you are doing as Prof Ripley asks (and as I should have
> noted). Once you do that, try a few basic R commands:
> 3 + 1:5
> rnorm(10)
> plot(5:1)
> and make sure they work. Don't worry about the message starting with
> "R Version 2.13.1" and ending with "Type q() to quit R." Anything
> which appears before or after those lines, please report. From what
> you've said, it sounds like R (in the sense i above) is still working
> fine.
> Then lets see if the GUI is working. In your applications folder by
> way of the dock, try starting Simon's GUI by clicking on the
> blue/purple R with the silver ring behind it (either should be fine).
> If this fails, but the terminal way works, that's a different bit of
> software that we need to figure out. Finally, if those work, we can
> look at RStudio, but you might be better served by using their support
> systems.
> I'm not sure how you got in this mess -- I really don't know what the
> "top tool bar" which suggest you update R is, but I and many others
> have never had update problems thanks to the wonderful work of Simon
> and Prof Ripley et al, and I think you might be convinced there's a
> problem where there actually isn't one. You certainly haven't actually
> demonstrated existence of a problem to this point. Usually when
> programs truly crash on a Mac, there's an option to "report to apple"
> and to see system logs: if you are seeing those options, we'd really
> appreciate that knowledge, and, even more importantly, the transcript
> of the  logs.
> And, in the last, just to confirm, you should be installing from this
> site and none other:
> http://cran.r-project.org/bin/macosx/
> There are other mirrors you can use when we get things sorted, but
> lets cut out one possible (though not actually all that possible)
> source of error for now.
> Michael

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