[R-SIG-Mac] Rosetta2/M1-Compatibility of R

Johannes Truffer joh@nne@@tru||er @end|ng |rom un|b@@@ch
Tue Feb 23 09:45:37 CET 2021

Dear SIG-Mac

I’m rather new to the R Universe and I really hope, I don’t violate any conventionalized procedures by posting to this list as a definite rookie.

For my PhD at University of Basel, I’m using different approaches to text mining, which are almosty exclusively R-based. Because I’m about to analyse bigger text-corpora, I bought the new M1 Mac Mini. Sadly, most of my scripts suddenly stopped working on it, and I was baffled to find out, that it always crashed on the Rmpfr-Package's mpfr-command. Somebody else asked the exact same question on Stack Overflow about 15 days ago, but still hasn’t received a definitive answer (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/66089887/mpfr-always-crash-r-studio?noredirect=1#comment117251458_66089887).

I even reached out to Prof. Dr. Martin Maechler, the maintainer(“Rmpfr”). He pointed out to me in an earlier Mail, that the package itself is not likely to be the culprit in this. It may have to do with something more low level, perhaps in connection with the M1’s architecture or Rosetta 2 itself. So I thought maybe the SIG could be of help in answering this.

Thanks a lot in advance.

Kind regards

Johannes Truffer

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