[R-SIG-Mac] Running R on Mac OS10.9.3 [cf. Best installation approach of R on Mavericks]

Tim Dickinson tim.dickinson at utoronto.ca
Thu May 22 14:23:55 CEST 2014

Hi--- I am also setting up a new OS10.9 (Mavericks) machine and 
installed the corresponding build of R 3.1.0 only to discover that the 
Package Manager doesn't work. Without uninstalling anything I then tried 
installing the Snow Leopard version and still get the same error message 
pasted below: "'.find.package' is defunct."

I think this is the problem referred to on list by Brian Ripley: 
"However, the coverage for the Mavericks binary packages on CRAN is 
still not as good as for Snow Leopard, and if you primarily use binary 
packages we recommend the Snow Leopard CRAN binary.  The benefits of the 
Mavericks build come when installing packages from sources."

I'm not very good at complicated installs, so I would be grateful for 
advice how to recover from this and get a functioning copy of the Snow 
Leopard version installed on my machine.

Many thanks, ---TAD.

> R version 3.1.0 (2014-04-10) -- "Spring Dance"
> Copyright (C) 2014 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
> Platform: x86_64-apple-darwin10.8.0 (64-bit)
> R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
> You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.
> Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details.
>   Natural language support but running in an English locale
> R is a collaborative project with many contributors.
> Type 'contributors()' for more information and
> 'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications.
> Type 'demo()' for some demos, 'help()' for on-line help, or
> 'help.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help.
> Type 'q()' to quit R.
> [R.app GUI 1.63 (6734) x86_64-apple-darwin10.8.0]
> [History restored from /Users/tad/.Rapp.history]
> Error: '.find.package' is defunct.
> Use 'find.package' instead.
> See help("Defunct")
> >

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