[Rd] Re: [R-SIG-Mac] R version on gifi

Stefano Iacus jago at mclink.it
Tue Jun 17 21:25:00 MEST 2003

On Martedì, giu 17, 2003, at 20:13 Europe/Rome, Don MacQueen wrote:

> At 6:33 PM +0100 6/17/03, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>> On Tue, 17 Jun 2003, Don MacQueen wrote:
>>>  At 5:45 PM +0200 6/17/03, Simon Urbanek wrote:
>>>  >There is still one issue to consider in this context: source
>>>  >packages. A really 'plain' Mac OS X can't be used to install source
>>>  >packages as-is, basically because there are three missing things:
>>>  >Dev Tools, g77 and latex. The first one is official, so we could
>>>  >require that (and probably have to). G77 is really just a few 
>>> files,
>>>  >so the installer could add it if necessary, but I'm not sure about
>>>  >latex. Is building packages w/o latex documentation an option?
>>>  For an OS X user with no unix background, I would think that pdf is
>>>  the preferred format, and sufficient.
>> PDF is produced via latex in R.
> I didn't know that. Does it require a full latex installation, or 
> could one get by with just a subset, perhaps just pdflatex? It's 
> probably a bad idea to complicate matters that way, though.
>>   Would that really be preferred to HTML?
> Speaking for myself, yes.
> Speaking of which, this is another area where OS X is not like other 
> versions of unix; the "native OS X" way to start a browser on the 
> command line is with the "open" command, i.e., "open filename.html". 
> OS X needs, for example,
>     browseURL('somefile.html',browser='open')

again you will be free to use browser="open" in browseURL but there are 
nice APIs to show HTML and PDF pages without the need external browsers.

To be more explicit: the RAqua I have built it is built to run under 
X11 as well, just execute it in an xterm window without specifying 
--gui-aqua. Nothing has changed!


>> Nothing in R is setup to produce PDF help, and especially not PDF
>> hyperlinked between different documents (which is a problem in a 
>> dynamic
>> framework).
>> BTW, could this sort of discussion go on in R-SIG-Mac or R-devel but 
>> not
>> both since R-SIG-Mac is a closed list.
>> --
>> Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
>> Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
>> University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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>> Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595
> -- 
> --------------------------------------
> Don MacQueen
> Environmental Protection Department
> Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
> Livermore, CA, USA
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