[Rd] Re: [R] tcltk problem

From: Marc Schwartz <MSchwartz_at_medanalytics.com>
Date: Fri 24 Dec 2004 - 05:55:38 EST

[MOVED TO R-DEVEL] On Thu, 2004-12-23 at 12:47 -0500, Liviu M Vladutu wrote:
> Quoting Marc Schwartz <MSchwartz@MedAnalytics.com>:
>
> > On Thu, 2004-12-23 at 11:32 -0500, Liviu M Vladutu wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi all,
> > > I have R Version 2.1.0 installed on a box running Redhat Fedora Core 2.
> >
> > Are you really running 2.1.0 (which is an unreleased development
> > version) or are you running 2.0.1, which is the present released
> > version?
> >
> > What does the banner indicate when you first start R?
>
>
> Here it's the banner:
> ------------------------------------------------------
>
> R : Copyright 2004, The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
> Version 2.1.0 Under development (unstable) (2004-12-13), ISBN 3-900051-07-0
>
> ------------------------------------------------------
> It writes Version 2.1.0

Then this should have been posted to r-devel, not r-help, since you are using an unreleased version.

Note importantly, the word "unstable" in the banner. It is there for a reason.

> > How did you install R (compile from source or use one of Martyn's RPMS)?
> >
> I installed R from sources and after I downloaded "all" packages (I'm learning R
> and I want to see all capabilities).

Is there a particular reason for using the development version rather than the released version, which is going to be more stable?

If you are just learning R, why complicate that process by using an unstable version of it?

> > Also, please run the following command from a console and post the
> > results back:
> >
> > rpm -q tcl tcl-devel
> >
> tcl-8.4.5-7
> tcl-devel-8.4.5-7

> > > When I try:
> > > library()
> > > it shows the package tcltk.
> > >
> > > But if I try:
> > > library(tcltk) I get the same error message like in this thread:
> > > http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/help/01c/3418.html
> > >
> > > The same, tcl and tk are installed in /usr/lib; if I try:
> > > capabilities("tcltk")
> > >
> > > I get:
> > > tcltk
> > > FALSE
> >
> > As is indicated in the above post you referenced, this suggests that you
> > compiled from source, but R did not locate the requisite files during
> > the configure process.
> >
> > > I cant' find tcltk.so
> >
> > Run the following command in a console and post the results back:
> >
> > locate tcltk.so

> > > Any suggestions please?
> > > Thx in advance and Merry Xmas!
> > > Liviu
> >
> > Please provide the above information and we can help further.
> >

Given that you are running the devel version of R, it is entirely possible that something is broken here with respect to tcltk and that could feasibly change on a daily basis. That is why using the devel version is risky unless you have a particular future development related need or are planning to contribute bug reports to R Core.

I'll defer further comment to anyone running r-devel, as I am not as of yet, other than to say, that I would strongly urge you to remove it and run 2.0.1, either from source if you wish or to use the RPM that Martyn Plummer has kindly provided.

HTH, Marc Schwartz



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