[BioC] RdbiPgSQL problem: SET_VECTOR_ELT() can only be applied to a 'list', not a 'character'

Philip Lijnzaad p.lijnzaad at umcutrecht.nl
Sat Apr 25 11:26:59 CEST 2009

Dear all,

I'm having difficulty using RdbiPgSQL. This is using R 2.9.1, RdbiPgSQL 
1.18.0, both R client and server at 8.3. 

If I do 


I keep getting this:

  SET_VECTOR_ELT() can only be applied to a 'list', not a 'character'
  Calls: dbConnect ... dbConnectionInfo -> 
dbConnectionInfo.PgSQL.conn -> .Call

This used to work fine under R 2.7

I see that the RdbiPgSQL compiles properly, but is the actual connectivity 
against a real database really checked? In an ideal world this would be the 
case, as the current version is unusuable. 

This is very unfortunate, since we really rely on this code.

Any suggestions are welcome. 

Philip Lijnzaad, PhD
Holstege Genomics Laboratory
Dept. of Biomedical Genetics
University Medical Center (UMC), Utrecht
Stratenum room 2.211 (on Mondays and Thursdays not in after 15.00)
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The Netherlands
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