RE: problem with tcltk under Windows (was [Rd] RE: [R] onemore Rcmdrproblem)

From: John Fox <>
Date: Fri 05 Nov 2004 - 08:12:30 EST

Dear Thomas,

Brian Ripley has already mentioned that Windows/tcltk problems have been fixed in R 2.0.1 beta. I'll provide some background.

In addition to the control-key problems with R 2.0.0, I and my students have been experiencing a number of Windows instability problems running the Rcmdr this fall. The version of R that my students have is 1.9.1 patched, and the same version is installed in the university computer labs. I found that with this version and R 2.0.0 (under Windows 2000 and XP), running the Rcmdr under rterm.exe rather than under rgui.exe seems to provide much better stability. This is a reasonable solution for me since my intro stats students interact with R only through the Rcmdr GUI.

I'm hopeful that tcltk will run more stably on Windows under R 2.0.1 with the console provided by rgui.exe.


John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M4

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Thomas Ruf
> Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2004 8:38 AM
> To:
> Subject: problem with tcltk under Windows (was [Rd] RE: [R]
> onemore Rcmdrproblem)
> Dear all,
> I'd like to use Rcmdr for teaching purposes but still have
> problems trying to use it under Windows XP. Everything works
> fine up to several minutes but then Rcmdr and R completely
> crash the second I hit a button or key. This indeed looks
> like a problem with tcltk. It is not any particular button or
> key that causes the crash, but using Ctrl+C to copy something
> to the clipboard seem the most 'reliable' cause. I tried this
> on 4 different PCs all under Windows XP (home or prof.), SP1.
> I did download and reinstall R 2.0.0, RCmdr and required
> packages on Nov. 1, 2004, but that didn't help either. Are
> there any new insights into these problems?
> Best regards,
> Thomas
> --
> Thomas Ruf
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