[R] Error with 1.9.0 - Invalid HOMEDRIVE

Z P nusbj at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 21 10:53:37 CEST 2004

I find more interesting situation. My laptop (toshiba tecra9100) can run R 
1.9.0 and the earlier version well when I connect to internet. The same 
wrong error appears when I disconnect the internet.

One IBM laptop can not run R in any situation and one FUJITSE laptop never 
met any error message.

I wonder whether the R development group can contact Microsoft to fix this 
problem. R is really powerful as compared with S+.

>From: Martin Maechler <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch>
>Reply-To: Martin Maechler <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch>
>To: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
>Subject: Re: [R] Error with 1.9.0 - Invalid HOMEDRIVE
>Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 08:49:47 +0200
> >>>>> "DScottNZ" == David Scott <d.scott at auckland.ac.nz>
> >>>>>     on Wed, 21 Apr 2004 09:45:31 +1200 (NZST) writes:
>     DScottNZ> On Tue, 20 Apr 2004, Brett Melbourne wrote:
>     >> That exact same thing is happening to me too. It seems to
>     >> be intermittent.  After a reboot, it might (but might
>     >> not) fix itself. My older versions of R also no longer
>     >> work. R1.8.1 fails with the windows message "R for
>     >> Windows GUI front-end has encountered a problem and needs
>     >> to close.  We are sorry for the inconvenience."
>     >>
>     >> This appears to have occured to me after installing the
>     >> latest Microsoft Windows critical updates. I have
>     >> reinstalled R1.8.1 and R1.9.0 to no avail.  None of the
>     >> other programs on my computer are affected, only R.
>     >>
>     >> Is anybody else experiencing this?
>     DScottNZ> Yes. With 1.8.1 if the updates are installed R
>     DScottNZ> fails as you indicate. If the updates are taken
>     DScottNZ> off it works again. Bit of a problem here because
>     DScottNZ> the University IT Security runs checks on the
>     DScottNZ> updates and complains to users who don't have them
>     DScottNZ> installed.
>One logical conclusion seems that Microsoft has found that
>R must be a virus since it's spreading rapidly around the globe.
>So with the newest security patches they prevent the virus from
>doing damage...
>Or, maybe it's not just R, but Free Software in general which is
>such a threat to MS?  ;-)
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