Re: [R] tcltk crashes with bad color with text widget

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Tue 17 Oct 2006 - 12:11:49 GMT

On 10/16/2006 10:47 PM, Alex Couture-Beil wrote:
> Hello
> I have been playing with tcl/tk in R 2.4.0 on windows XP and have
> managed to crash R by supplying tcl/tk with an incorrect color.
> Is this a bug? is there a way for me to test the color to see if it is a
> valid tcl/tk color, to avoid this?
> tt=tktoplevel()
> tklabel(parent=tt, text="hello world", foreground="reed")
> Error in structure(.External("dotTclObjv", objv, PACKAGE = "tcltk"),
> class = "tclObj") :
> [tcl] unknown color name "reed".
> An error is displayed as one would expect, however when I try
> tktext(parent=tt, foreground="blaaack")
> R crashes, rather than displaying an error as tklabel did.
> This, however, does not happen on my FreeBSD machine, which displays an
> error similar to the one for tklabel and does not crash.

I see the same crash in Windows, occurring deep in one of the TCL routines, where it tries to work with a font, but the font has not been assigned.

TK on Windows uses a different display driver than FreeBSD does, so this could be a TK bug, rather than an R bug, and it does look like that. Alternatively, we might be ignoring an error generated in TK, in which case it is our bug: but the tklabel example makes that sound wrong.

To verify, it would be nice to try the same commands in wish (or some other TCL/TK platform). Do you know the pure TCL equivalent?

Duncan Murdoch mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Tue Oct 17 22:24:30 2006

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