Re: [Rd] R 1.9.1 fails to install for Mac 10.2.8 (PR#7190)

From: Simon Urbanek <>
Date: Sat 21 Aug 2004 - 00:02:55 EST

On Aug 20, 2004, at 1:20 AM, Steven C. Bagley wrote:

> Thanks for your quick reply. Unfortunately, I tried the "sudo rm ...",
> followed by reinstallation of R 1.9.1, which got nearly all the way
> through
> the installation process, and then stopped with an error. Log file
> follows:

According to the log R was installed allright - so does it in fact work or not?

AFAICS it just doesn't have enough rights to create the convenience symlink in /usr/bin, but that's not essential for R to work. Again the fix in your case would be to bump up the rights of the installer - admin doesn't seem to have enough rights on your computer. I don't have a Jag machine here (there are no problems on Panther AFAIK) to confirm it atm, but I suspect that the cause is the old R 1.9.0 installer, which forced owner change on folders it shouldn't have touched. This was fixed in the new installer (that is the new installer doesn't force ownership anymore), but it cannot reverse the changes made by the 1.9.0 installer. I'll dig out some old Jag machine and see if I can reproduce it... but again, bumping up the rights should fix it in any case.

If you want to try it out, just for the fun of it, do the following: open the R.dmg, go to the Packages folder and drag the "R framework.pkg" to your desktop.
Now copy/paste the following in Terminal: cd Desktop/R\ framework.pkg/Contents/
chmod +w Info.plist
open Info.plist

Now you'll see a tree-like structure of the plist file - expand the branches and find the "IFPkgFlagAuthorizationAction" key with "AdminAuthorization" value - change that value to "RootAuthorization", save the file (cmd+s) and double-click on the "R framework.pkg" file. That should perform the R installation without errors. Since I don't know what goes on with the libxml package, you could try it on that one, too.


Simon Urbanek
Department of computer oriented statistics and data analysis
University of Augsburg
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