[R-SIG-Mac] R crashes when using edit() or fix()

Kamila Naxerova knaxerova at partners.org
Tue Jan 26 19:30:51 CET 2016

Dear list,

For quite a while, I haven’t been able to use the edit() or fix() functions on a data frame without R crashing instantaneously. I am running OS X El Capitan, I have the newest versions of Xcode (7.2) and XQuartz (2.7.8). I just installed “Wooden Christmas-Tree", hoping that this problem — which has been bothering me for about a year perhaps, but seemed avoidable enough  -- will go away with the new version, but it persists. 

Unfortunately, I cannot paste an exact error message because the new R version does not produce one, it just freezes indefinitely. The freezing happens AFTER the data editor window popped up correctly. When I try to close it, everything comes to a standstill. With “Smooth Sidewalk”, I would usually get something along the lines of “memory not mapped” and then the usual options 1: abort (with core dump, if enabled), 2: normal R exit etc.

This problem does not occur when using edit/fix on simple vectors or strings, it’s just when the data editor gets evoked for a data frame/matrix edit that everything goes down the tubes.

Could somebody please help point me in the right direction? Sorry if I am overlooking something obvious. I googled around, searched on mailing lists many times and tried different solutions that were offered for similar problems, but I can’t seem to get it done correctly.

platform       x86_64-apple-darwin13.4.0   
arch           x86_64                      
os             darwin13.4.0                
system         x86_64, darwin13.4.0        
major          3                           
minor          2.3                         
year           2015                        
month          12                          
day            10                          
svn rev        69752                       
language       R                           
version.string R version 3.2.3 (2015-12-10)
nickname       Wooden Christmas-Tree 

Thanks so much.


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