[R] suggestions for debugging problem with a package

Daniel Nordlund djnordlund at frontier.com
Tue Mar 13 07:15:13 CET 2012

I am trying to resolve a problem I am having with running the rattle package on two different Windows 7 x64 systems.  It appears to be a problem with my two specific systems, because others on Windows 7 x64 systems aren't complaining about this problem.  What I am looking for is a method for trying to determine the source of the problem. 

Here is what I am experiencing.  I had Rattle running fine (and it still does) under R-2.14.1 (CRAN binary build).  I installed R-2.14.2 and ran update.packages().  When I loaded rattle using library(rattle), it apparently got loaded OK.

> library(rattle)
Rattle: A free graphical interface for data mining with R.
Version 2.6.17 Copyright (c) 2006-2011 Togaware Pty Ltd.
Type 'rattle()' to shake, rattle, and roll your data.

When I tried to run rattle using 


I got a popup window with the message

"R for Windows GUI front-end has stopped working.  A problem caused the program to stop working correctly.  Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available."

I am not sure how to proceed to track down this problem, since I get no messages from either the package or from R because R itself stops working.  I downloaded R-2.14.2patched and experienced the same problem.    Any suggestions about how to debug this problem?



Daniel Nordlund
Bothell, WA USA

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