[R] Error/Crash on start up of R (Ubuntu and Wine within Ubuntu)

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jun 3 08:10:13 CEST 2008

Either you have a corrupt .RData file in the directory you are starting R 
in or the file is being read incorrectly (e.g. because of a corrupted file 
system or hardware issues).

Reinstalling etc will not remove the .RData file, and you need to do so 

Starting R with --vanilla is always a good check for local configuration 

On Mon, 2 Jun 2008, Patrick M. Joyce wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm having issues operating R under Ubuntu (Hardy 8.04) though I suspect
> this is not necessarily the malady.  I have attempted to run R in ubuntu
> as is which worked for awhile and then stopped (using RKWard as the
> windowing environment).  I tried removing then re-installing the software
> and the same issue (which i'll detail soon) persisted.  I then tried using
> WINE to run R using the Windows version of R.  The same error was
> presented.
> The Ubuntu and WINE errors are slightly different but are more or less the
> same...
> COMMON ASPECT--I get the following:
> Error in load(name, envir = .GlobalEnv):
> value of 'SET_ATTRIB' must be a pairlist or NULL, not a 'double'
> WINE Variant--I get a windowed box with the title "Information" noting
> that "Fatal error: unable to restore saved data in .RData".
> UBUNTU Variant--I get a segmentation fault statement and abort options.
> I'm going to guess that this is the same issue.  I would presume at this
> point that either there is some mistaken setting within the operating
> system OR something wrong with the hardware.
> I appreciate any help on the matter.
> --Patrick
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