[R-SIG-Mac] Use of "file.choose()" or "change working directory" tab causing stall on Mac

Vinny Mo vindoggy at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 21 05:59:38 CET 2015


I used to use the "file.choose()" command quite a lot, as well as the "change working directory" drop down tab as part of my workflow with R, but for over 1 year both of these actions have caused the spinning-wheel to crash R (just R, not any other program).

The issue seems to happen when the window selection window pops up, and happens about 80% of the time I use either of these actions. This issue has remained constant across different computers (though all macs), different R builds, and different Mac OS's. I had asked about this issue before, and had hoped that this bug might be fixed at some point, but it has persisted.

I know I can work around this issue programmatically by typing these commands manually, but both of these features represent a nice function that R has that I'd like to continue to use as was intended. Does anyone have any idea how I might be able to get this functionality back, or if the R Gods have any thoughts about addressing this issue?

Due to the nature of this issue it's impossible to provide a reproducible example. But it really is as simple as either using:



Clicking on the "Misc" tab, and then "change working directory".

I've included the results from R.Version() below, but as I mentioned this issue has persisted through many R builds.

[1] "x86_64-apple-darwin13.4.0"

[1] "x86_64"

[1] "darwin13.4.0"

[1] "x86_64, darwin13.4.0"

[1] ""

[1] "3"

[1] "2.2"

[1] "2015"

[1] "08"

[1] "14"

$`svn rev`
[1] "69053"

[1] "R"

[1] "R version 3.2.2 (2015-08-14)"

[1] "Fire Safety"

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