Re: R-beta: R for Win95/NT

Peter Dalgaard BSA (p.dalgaard@kubism.ku.dk)
24 Sep 1997 22:55:39 +0200


To: kaplan@macalester.edu
Subject: Re: R-beta: R for Win95/NT
From: Peter Dalgaard BSA <p.dalgaard@kubism.ku.dk>
Date: 24 Sep 1997 22:55:39 +0200
In-Reply-To: Daniel Kaplan's message of Tue, 23 Sep 1997 17:27:08 -0500

Daniel Kaplan <kaplan@macalester.edu> writes:

> I am teaching a class using R on W95 PCs (April 97 version).  
..
> 
> I wonder whether:
> 1) anyone else has seen this behavior?

Nope. But starting next week, I probably will... I've seen one or two
things crashing R itself - mainly relating to save/load, and of course
the 1:2+1:3 bug, but nothing taking the whole of W95 down.

> 2) does anyone know what I can do about it?

Restart occasionally?

> 3) there is a Mac version that is compatible with the W95 version
> (but does not crash)?
> 

Mac development is lagging severely behind UNIX and PCs, so the only
available version is MANY versions behind.

> The R-FAQ has an interesting disclaimer that I had
> discounted, but which in hindsight appears to be
> quite accurate:
...
> > rather nicely. As always, there is no limit to the damage a buggy 
  > program can do under Windows, so, at
...

I think I was responsible for that blurb. I had actually hoped that
enough experience had been gained by now. Anyway, after some further
experience with W95, I think I'd moderate the remark somewhat. In view
of the weird things that go on in W95, there's no particular reason to
single out R as a cause for system malfunction....

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