[R] Problem about Rconsole: R for Windows Version 1.5.0 Patched (2002-06-05 and 2002-06-12)

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Fri Jun 14 08:44:53 CEST 2002

asone at latte.harvard.edu wrote:
> R (Windows version) users/developers:
> While I have checked R-help/-devel mailing lists and R-bug-tracking
> system, this problem has not been reported so far. I would like to know
> whether this problem is specific to my machine.
> Lately I downloaded the version 1.5.0 patched [for windows] from
> http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/bdr/RWin/Rpre/ [patched: 2002-06-05] and
> http://www.cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/ [patched: 2002-06-12],
> and both of them fail to read Rconsole stored in a start-up directory;
> it seems these R versions check the parent directory of a start-up
> directory for Rconsole [i.e., if Rconsole is placed in its parent
> directory, parameters stored in Rconsole are correctly imported].  I
> usually specify R's start-up directory in the "start-in:" box of a
> shortcut to Rgui.exe and do not set R_USER variable.

>From ?Rconsole:

   There are system copies of these files in `R_HOME\etc'. Users can
   have personal copies of the files: these are looked for in the
   location given by the environment variable `R_USER'. The system
   files are read only if a corresponding personal file is not found.

   If the environment variable `R_USER' is not set, the R system sets
   it to `HOME' if that is set (stripping any trailing slash),
   otherwise to `HOMEDIR:HOMEPATH' if `HOMEDIR' is set otherwise to
   the working directory.

I assume you didn't set 'HOME', so HOMEDRIVE:HOMEPATH (that's a bug in
the help file, I think) is used, regularly this is c:\ on windows. I'll
file the bug to R-bugs shortly.

> The information about my machine is :
> sysname=Windows
> release=NT 5.0
> version=(build 2195) Service Pack 2
> Also, it is found that the bookmarks of the R reference manual (PDF),
> which is included in the version 1.5.0 patched [patched: 2002-06-12]
> from  http://www.cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/, are not working
> [The R reference manual (PDF) of
> http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/bdr/RWin/Rpre/ [patched: 2002-06-05] does
> not have this problem]

Works for me on a self-compiled R-patched 2002-06-12, may be a small
problem during compilation of that "public binary" occured.

Uwe Ligges
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