[Rd] Trouble installing packages when history mechanism is modified by user profile

Henrik Bengtsson henrik.bengtsson at gmail.com
Fri Mar 3 18:55:59 CET 2017


if (interactive()) utils::loadhistory(file = "~/.Rhistory")

should solve your problem.  The reason is that install.packages() in
turn launches a non-interactive child R process that installs the
package.  When that process loads your startup file, it fails, because
that function can only be used in interactive mode.  Here's an

$ Rscript -e "utils::loadhistory()"
Error in .External2(C_loadhistory, file) : no history mechanism available


On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 5:51 AM, Hugo Raguet <hugo.raguet at gmail.com> wrote:
> I tried installing the 'ks' package from my interactive R session, it
> failed with the following
> Erreur dans .External2(C_loadhistory, file) :
>   aucun mécanisme d'historique des commandes disponible
> Calls: <Anonymous>
> Exécution arrêtée
> second line is french for "no command history mechanism available", fouth
> is "execution stopped".
> This does not happen when I comment out the following line from my
> .Rprofile:
> utils::loadhistory(file = "~/.Rhistory")
> On Stack Overflow, someone else has similar trouble with another package,
> which seems to be also related to command history:
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/18240863/installing-packages-on-r-fails-when-loading-rprofile#18256224
> Is this a bug in R, or in the concerned packages?
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