[R-SIG-Mac] Problems with Rcmdr via XQuartz on OSX Mavericks
pdalgd at gmail.com
Thu Nov 28 15:21:29 CET 2013
On 28 Nov 2013, at 14:38 , John Fox <jfox at mcmaster.ca> wrote:
> Dear Peter,
> On Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:00:31 +0100
> peter dalgaard <pdalgd at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 28 Nov 2013, at 01:46 , John Fox <jfox at mcmaster.ca> wrote:
>>> Hi Rob,
>>> I had some time today and so I started to implement this solution in the
>>> Rcmdr. I first tested whether setting
>>> system("defaults write org.R-project.R NSAppSleepDisabled -bool yes")
>>> fixes the problem; I verified via
>>> system("defaults read org.R-project.R NSAppSleepDisabled")
>>> that the key was in fact set properly.
>>> I'm afraid that even with NSAppSleepDisabled set, the Rcmdr still freezes
>>> periodically. Whatever is going on is probably more complicated than
>> Hmm. The tkfaq issue seems to have gone away for me. You did remember to restart R.app after setting the key?
> I didn't "remember" to restart R.app because I didn't know that it was necessary to do so. In fact, the code that I wrote, but didn't commit, for the Rcmdr carefully resets the key to its previous state or deletes it if it didn't previously exist when the Commander is closed.
> I think that you've almost surely identified my problem, but the solution also raises a question about what to do. I'm reluctant to have the Rcmdr make a permanent change to users' OS settings. I guess that I could detect whether the NSAppSleepDisabled key is set and pop up a dialog box if it isn't, offering to make the change, and suggesting that the user restart R.app. (BTW, is there an easy way to check whether R is running in R.app or a terminal?) Wouldn't it be better to handle this issue in R.app or even in tcltk, however?
I suspect that this particular option also affects people running simulations from R.app, so that the natural state really should be "disabled" and you need not have qualms about tampering with it. Presumably, we could do the disabling on install. If people have strong reasons to aggressively preserve battery power, they could just turn it back on.
I think Rob put on his todo list to figure out whether/how you change the setting in an active process, which would open up other possibilities.
> If restarting R.app after setting the NSAppSleepDisabled key doesn't work for me, I'll then pursue Rob's suggestions.
> Thanks for this,
Peter Dalgaard, Professor
Center for Statistics, Copenhagen Business School
Solbjerg Plads 3, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Email: pd.mes at cbs.dk Priv: PDalgd at gmail.com
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