[ESS] ESS, install.packages() in R, and Windows

Henric Nilsson henric.nilsson at statisticon.se
Mon Dec 19 14:14:04 CET 2005

Dear Stephen,

On Må, 2005-12-19, 13:23, Stephen Eglen skrev:
>  > I'm using Emacs (CVS 2005-12-14), ESS 5.2.11 and R 2.2.0
> under
>  > Windows 2000.
>  >
>  > If I do a `install.packages()', `packageStatus()' or something similar
>  > that spawns a window, the process just hangs. However, if I've
>  > "initialized" R first by e.g. `chooseCRANmirror(graphics = FALSE)' or
>  > `plot(0, 0)' everything works nicely.
>  >
>  > Is this a well-known problem, or is it just me? I've browsed through
> the
>  > ESS manual and the archived ESS-bugs postings, but came up
> empty-handed.
> This sounds new to me.  When you say "something similar that spawns a
> window", what exactly do you mean?  Is it any Tk-type window, as
> opposed to a plot window (since plot(0,0) solves your problem!)

I realize now that it was unclear.

There's no problems when plotting. The windows that are troublesome are
those that are spawned by, say, `install.packages()'.

Actually, just executing a library(tcltk) "solves" the problem.


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