Re: [Rd] Problem with R --gui=GNOME when launched from a menu system

From: Marc Schwartz <>
Date: Tue 31 Aug 2004 - 22:56:47 EST

On Mon, 2004-08-30 at 21:38, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> A Debian user filed a bug report the details of which are at
> I can replicate his problem: the R/Gnome entry that is made available to the
> various window managers fails. A window pops, and exists.
> As far as I can tell, the menuing system does not have a problem with shell
> script wrapper. Environment variables like PATH, DISPLAY etc should be set
> too. So the best idea I am having now is that R _may_ think that
> interactive() is FALSE when it should in fact be TRUE.
> Does anybody have a) other ideas, and fixes, or b) an idea how I could
> correct the menuing system?
> Dirk


FWIW, I can replicate this behavior using a CVS build of XFCE4 (V4.1.3), which uses xfwm4 as the window manager and not metacity. This is on an FC2 system which otherwise has GNOME 2.6.

I recompiled R 1.9.1 patched to use the GNOME GUI. If I run it from a bash shell, it is fine. If I try to run it from the XFCE4 run dialog or add it to the desktop menu, it pops up briefly and then closes.

If I specify that the R session should run in a terminal, it opens a regular R terminal console, but no GNOME GUI.

I created a shell script file ( with the command. I use ROX for my FM, which has the "run action" for scripts set to "sh ScriptFile". If I click on the file, the R window pops up briefly and then clears. I can however, run the script from a console using either "sh" or "./" without problem.

So this behavior is not limited to GNOME/metacity and seems to be environmental as you suggest.

Not sure if that helps, other than adding some confirmatory data points.

Best regards,

Marc mailing list Received on Wed Sep 01 01:49:56 2004

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