[R] Having difficulties installing r commander

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Sun Mar 18 15:56:28 CET 2012

Dear Rowan,

As you can see, the error message in your email did not come through,
probably because you posted your message in HTML, which isn't accepted by
the r-help list (see the mailing-list instructions).

I'm going to guess that you're working on Mac OS X. 

If the Rcmdr package was successfully installed, you needn't worry about the
dependencies. Just load the Rcmdr via library(Rcmdr) and it will offer to
download and install the additional packages that you need if any are really

If the Rcmdr package wasn't installed successfully, then you'll have to send
the resulting error message as plain text so that I can see what it is.
There have been recent problems with the index of Mac OX X binary packages
on CRAN, but I believe that it has been fixed, and I had no trouble just now
installing the Rcmdr on a Mac using the Ontario CRAN mirror.

The installation notes for the Rcmdr at
suggest that you use the command install.packages("Rcmdr"), which will end
up installing many fewer packages than if you set dependencies=TRUE. I
noticed that the command install.packages("Rcmdr", dependencies=TRUE) is
still mentioned on the main Rcmdr page, and I should change that.


John Fox
Senator William McMaster
  Professor of Social Statistics
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-
> project.org] On Behalf Of Rowan McCarthy
> Sent: March-18-12 2:56 AM
> To: r-help at r-project.org
> Subject: [R] Having difficulties installing r commander
> Hi,
> I have recently installed R on my mac and am trying to install R
> commander.
> When I type:
> install.packages("Rcmdr",dependencies=TRUE)
> the following message appears
> I have also tried installing commander via the package installer
> window.
> When I do this a large number of error messages (over 50) appear. They
> are mainly saying that certain dependencies are not available, or that
> they could not be compiled.
> Any clues on what I can do to fix this? I've followed the instructions
> online and have X11 open and have installed Tcl/Tk.
> thank you for your help,
> Rowan
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