[ESS] Difficulty starting R after OS upgrade!

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Mon Jun 6 22:15:26 CEST 2011

2011/6/6  <gerald.jean at dgag.ca>:
> Hello,
> I am running R on Linux 64-bit box.  Last week IT replaced the OS disk and
> upgraded RedHat to version 5.  R (2.10) is installed in "/usr/lib64/R/bin".
> It starts fine from the bash prompt.  But I get the following error when
> trying to start it from ESS (5.13):
> jit-lock-register: Lisp nesting exceeds `max-lisp-eval-depth'
> An process R buffer is created with several occurences of the following:
> &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
> R version 2.10.0 (2009-10-26)
> Copyright (C) 2009 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
> ISBN 3-900051-07-0
> R est un logiciel libre livré sans AUCUNE GARANTIE.
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> 'citation()' pour la façon de le citer dans les publications.
> Tapez 'demo()' pour des démonstrations, 'help()' pour l'aide
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> Tapez 'q()' pour quitter R.
> Erreur dans loadNamespace(name) :
>  aucun package nommé 'iterators' n'est trouvé
> Fatal error: impossible de récupérer les données sauvées dans .RData

well, the above says it "all":
- You have an .RData  file that is trying to be loaded
  (in my view a proficient ESS user should never work with session .RData ..
   the source is real;  expensive objects should be save()d and
load()ed / attach()ed explicitly)
- that .RData contains objects of a class which is defined in package
  --> when R is trying to load() .RData it also tries to  require("iterators")
    and that fails; as I assume you have not yet re-installed the
'iterators' package for that version of R.

-- all this should not be related to ESS at all, and you'd see the
same message when starting R
 "from a terminal".

- You solve it by renaming  .RData to something like   myprev.rda
   start R
   install "iterators" (and all the other packages you need often)

> Process R exited abnormally with code 2 at Mon Jun  6 10:05:54 2011
> &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
> any clues????  By the way, Splus starts fine from ESS.
> Thanks,
> Gérald Jean
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