R-beta: R for Win95/NT

Daniel Kaplan (kaplan@macalester.edu)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 17:27:08 -0500


Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 17:27:08 -0500
From: Daniel Kaplan <kaplan@macalester.edu>
Subject: R-beta: R for Win95/NT
To: r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch

Hi,
I am teaching a class using R on W95 PCs (April 97 version).  
The software is, of course, great.  But....the PCs seem to crash more
often when R is running than otherwise.  On my own NT machine,
crashing is not a problem, but when the session is left open ---
even though no activity is taking place from my perspective ---
virtual memory appears to fill up (to the tune of 200 MB).

I wonder whether:
1) anyone else has seen this behavior?
2) does anyone know what I can do about it?
3) there is a Mac version that is compatible with the W95 version
(but does not crash)?

Thanks,
Danny Kaplan
Math/CS
Macalester College
St. Paul, MN

P.S.
The R-FAQ has an interesting disclaimer that I had
discounted, but which in hindsight appears to be
quite accurate:
> This version is quite limited in
> Windows-specific features and probably contains many bugs, although it > has been reported to work
> rather nicely. As always, there is no limit to the damage a buggy > program can do under Windows, so, at
> least until more experience have been gained with it, it should > probably not be used on systems
> containing very important data. It is not clear whether it works under > Windows 3.11 or NT (the HTML
> help system cannot work under 3.11 as it needs long file names).
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