Re: [Rd] tkStartGUI fails under RW1091 (PR#7101)

From: Peter Dalgaard <>
Date: Mon 26 Jul 2004 - 15:26:24 EST writes:

> > library(tcltk)
> > tkStartGUI()
> Error in .C("RTcl_ActivateConsole", PACKAGE = "tcltk") :
> C function name not in DLL for package tcltk

Yes. The source code for that function sits inside #ifndef Win32, so it's hardly a bug, except that the documentation might be clearer (or the R wrapper could throw a more explicit error). The whole thing is quite experimental, on Unix too -- really just a proof of concept thing at present.

The fundamental issue is that the way Tk takes over R's event loop involves redefining ptr_R_ReadConsole and friends. This is quite Unix-specific and the relevant declarations are lifted from src/unix/devUI.h.

I don't know what the equivalent would be on Windows (a platform I use reluctantly myself), and I kind of suspect that it can only work from Rterm, not Rgui. Contributions from knowledgeable Windows programmers would be welcome.

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