[R-SIG-Mac] upgrade to Mavericks

Marc Schwartz marc_schwartz at me.com
Fri Apr 25 14:07:40 CEST 2014

On Apr 24, 2014, at 10:15 PM, Richard M. Heiberger <rmh at temple.edu> wrote:

> Thank you to all who replied.
> I did accept the upgrade to Mavericks last week.  In retrospect I think it
> was a mistake for me.  Most of the changes are not relevant to my
> workflow.  One was an improvement.  One was a big negative.
> The improvement is the handling of a secondary display screen.
> The Desktop on that screen is now independent of the Desktops on the main
> screen.  The Desktop on the secondary screen is retained when I unplug the
> secondary screen and then plug it back in.
> There are two big negatives is how Preview handles revision to my
> pdflatex documents.
> Previously (OS X Lion), when I ran pdflatex, the pdf file was revised with
> the display showing the same page and the same positioning on the page.
> Now (Mavericks) the display jumps to the top left corner of the current page.
> Since I keep the window focussed only on the part of the page with text,
> that means the top and left margins dominate the new display.  My
> workaround is to construct an if statement that sets the margins to 0
> when I am in revision mode and gives them normal values otherwise.
> The other negative is that yellow stickies now appear in a Comic font instead
> of a sedate font.  Also, the alignment between the left marginal column of
> yellow stickies and their location in the body of the document is broken.
> clicking on the page number in the marginal listing moves the document
> to the right page.  But clicking on the sticky itself does not move the marginal
> listing to the matching sticky.
> An even more serious problem, and I don't know if this is Mavericks-specific
> or more general to OS X, is that several R packages no longer work with
> the released R-3.1.0.  As of ":Last updated on 2014-04-25 04:47:05.",
> latticeExtra gives an error with r-devel-osx-x86_64-gcc and a warning with
> r-release-osx-x86_64-mavericks.


On this issue, presumably you installed the Mavericks build of R 3.1.0. 

If you install the Snow Leopard build instead, this will be a non-issue.

There are some CRAN packages that do not yet pass testing using the Mavericks R build and so will be unavailable to install as binaries yet.

This post from Prof Ripley earlier this week may be helpful:



Marc Schwartz

> I reverted back to R-3.0.3.  I will try again with the R-patched when CRAN
> shows all the packages I use are checking without warnings.
> Rich


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