[R] R 3.4.4, internet access fails on Windows XP

Marc Girondot marc_grt at yahoo.fr
Wed Mar 21 22:10:35 CET 2018

To solve similar problem, I just install Lubuntu 17.10 on an old PC 
(i686) and I am astonished by the reactivity of the computer... it has a 
second life.
The main problem is that Rstudio Desktop 32 bits is no more supported 
for Ubuntu 32bits computers but the solution using Rstudio Server 32 
bits works very well.

Le 21/03/2018 à 16:58, Duncan Murdoch a écrit :
> On 21/03/2018 8:27 AM, Holger Taschenberger wrote:
>> I can install and run R 3.4.4 on Windows XP (32bit). However, calling 
>> "Update Packages..." or "Html help" from the RGui.exe main menu fails 
>> with a Windows MessageBox saying:
>> "The procedure entry point IdnToAscii could not be located in the 
>> dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll"
>> and the following text printed to the RGui console window:
>> "...
>> In addition: Warning message:
>> In download.file(url, destfile = f, quiet = TRUE) :
>>    unable to load shared object 
>> 'C:/R/R-3.4.4/modules/i386/internet.dll':
>>    LoadLibrary failure:  The specified procedure could not be found."
>> "IdnToAscii" is exported from "C:\WINDOWS\system32\normaliz.dll" on 
>> Windows XP. But apparently RGui cannot locate this procedure on 
>> Windows XP.
>> Any advice? (except for "switch to a more recent windows version")
> The Windows FAQ 2.2 says, "Windows XP is no longer supported", so I 
> think you're out of luck.  XP went past "end-of-life" in 2014.
> Other than switching to a more recent Windows version, your choices 
> are switching to a completely different OS, or switching to an older 
> version of R.
> Duncan Murdoch
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