[R] Running R in Bash and R GUI

From: <S.Hodgkinson_at_brighton.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 16:04:45 +0100

I have been trying to get the R and package update functions in the GUI version of R to work on my Mac.

Initially I got error messages that suggested I needed to set up the http_proxy for GUI R to use, but how can this be done?

I eventually got to the point of writing a .bash_profile file in the Bash terminal and setting the proxy addresses there.

I can now use my Bash terminal, invoke R, and run the update / install commands and they work!

The problem that still remains is that in the R console of the GUI R, the http_proxy is not seen and thus I cannot connect to CRAN or any other mirror using the GUI functions in the pull-down menus.

I get

> update.packages ()

Warning: unable to access index for repository http://cran.uk.r- project.org/bin/macosx/universal/contrib/2.5

Basically it still seems unable to access port 80.

Is there a way of solving this so that I can use both terminals rather than just everything through Bash?


Steve Hodgkinson

University of Brighton

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