[R-SIG-Mac] Packages that require Gtk2 under Mountain Lion and R-3.0.1

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Sun Aug 25 06:51:04 CEST 2013

Various Mac users have reported insurmountable difficulties gettting rattle to run on recent version of OSX. The reports remain unanswered on the support mailing list at rattle-users at googlegroups.com. Anything you can do to move that forward would be appreciated, but my impression is that the rattle author has no access to a Mac and is waiting for someone else to trouble shoot it for him. (It appears they are being basically ignored since there have been several reposts in the last few months with no response.)

It's not clear to me that it is the Rgtk2 installation that is at fault, although I could be wrong about that.

On Aug 24, 2013, at 5:14 PM, John Maindonald wrote:

> The GTK_2.24.17-X11.pkg (ca. 41MB) version from http://r.research.att.com/
> installs well enough, or so it seems, under Mountain Lion and R-3.0.1.  When 
> however I do the following, R crashes:
>> library(rattle)
> Rattle: A free graphical interface for data mining with R.
> Version 2.6.26 r77 Copyright (c) 2006-2013 Togaware Pty Ltd.
> Type 'rattle()' to shake, rattle, and roll your data.
>> sessionInfo()
> R version 3.0.1 (2013-05-16)
> Platform: x86_64-apple-darwin10.8.0 (64-bit)
> locale:
> [1] en_AU.UTF-8/en_AU.UTF-8/en_AU.UTF-8/C/en_AU.UTF-8/en_AU.UTF-8
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base     
> other attached packages:
> [1] rattle_2.6.26
>> rattle()
> The crash report is at http://maths-people.anu.edu.au/~johnm/r/issues/rattle.report
> The result is similar if I try
> library(play with)
> playwith()
> This was not unexpected; see http://rattle.togaware.com/rattle-install-troubleshooting.html
> I've noted also a reported solution at 
>  http://stackoverflow.com/questions/15868860/r-3-0-and-gtk-rgtk2-error
> This however uses Macports, which there has been I think some advice to avoid.
> I'd like of course to find a simple solution to getting RGtk2 properly installed, one
> preferably that can be suggested to relatively novice users.   Are there relatively
> straightforward changes to operating system paths that are likely to fix the problem?
> John Maindonald             email: john.maindonald at anu.edu.au
> phone : +61 2 (6125)3473    fax  : +61 2(6125)5549
> Centre for Mathematics & Its Applications, Room 1194,
> John Dedman Mathematical Sciences Building (Building 27)
> Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200.
> _______________________________________________
> R-SIG-Mac mailing list
> R-SIG-Mac at r-project.org
> https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-sig-mac

David Winsemius
Alameda, CA, USA

More information about the R-SIG-Mac mailing list