[R-SIG-Mac] Darwin open and '--vanilla' for R.app

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Feb 27 12:07:50 CET 2013

You are attributing documentation for R to R.app, a separate project not 
part of the R sources.

R.app calls R with arguments --no-save --no-restore --gui=aqua, and does 
not pass its own arguments on.   A fluent speaker of Objective C could 
change this easily enough.

On 26/02/2013 14:02, Ben Tupper wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a number of configurations in my .Rprofile that are run when I start R.app.  I typically start R.app from a Terminal...

You can only one configuration there: it is all run or not run at all.

> $ open -a R
> ... which nicely reads my .Rprofile as R.app starts.
> On occasion I wish to enter R in the '--vanilla' state.  Right now I do that by starting a command line version ...
> $ R --vanilla
> ... which starts a command line instance of R.  That is fine except that I regret the loss of the nice R.app interface while I stumble around on the command line.  So, I wonder if there is a way to start R.app in a similar way - that is start R.app without reading any of the user configurations.  I have tried tricks like the following without success.
> $ open -a R --args '--vanilla'
> I don't see any hints about in the R-SIG-Mac help archives nor it here...

Set R_PROFILE_USER to avoid your ~/.Rprofile being read: see ?Startup . 
  I just tried

env R_PROFILE_USER=foo open -a R

where '~/foo' does not exist.  And similarly for other startup options ....

> http://cran.r-project.org/bin/macosx/RMacOSX-FAQ.html#R_002eapp
> Thanks!
> Ben
>> sessionInfo()
> R version 2.15.2 (2012-10-26)
> Platform: x86_64-apple-darwin9.8.0/x86_64 (64-bit)
> locale:
> [1] en_US.UTF-8/en_US.UTF-8/en_US.UTF-8/C/en_US.UTF-8/en_US.UTF-8
> attached base packages:
> [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base
> Ben Tupper
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