RE: [R] Installation on Windows XP

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From: Haynes, Maurice (NIH/NICHD) (haynesm@cfr.nichd.nih.gov)
Date: Thu 06 May 2004 - 00:55:02 EST


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David,

See the message of Duncan Murdoch to another user which I have pasted next:

On Mon, 26 Apr 2004 09:56:29 -0700, "Brett Melbourne"
<bamelbourne@ucdavis.edu> wrote :

>Alain,
>I'm sure you'll find that the Windows critical update KB835732 has been
>installed on your machine. This is most likely the problem, not SPSS.

I put up a little web page

http://www.murdoch-sutherland.com/HOMEPATH.html

describing this bug in KB835732. Can you let me know if your
experience with it matches my description?

For newcomers reading this, the symptoms are that R fails to start.
In version 1.9.0 the error message is usually "Fatal Error: INVALID
HOMEDRIVE". The patched version of 1.9.0 can deal with the bug; the
workaround in earlier ones is to put something like "R_USER=c:/" on
the command line that starts R.

Duncan Murdoch

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-----Original Message-----
From: Bickel, David [mailto:DAVID.BICKEL@PIONEER.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 10:46 AM
To: r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: [R] Installation on Windows XP

R never gave me any serious problems until I tried to use it on Windows XP.
I had 1.8.1 installed and working successfully for a few weeks. This morning
when I launched it, I received this error message: "R for Windows GUI
front-end has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for
the inconvenience."

I downloaded 1.9.0 and installed it, but when I launch it, I get this
message: "Fatal error: Invalid HOMEDRIVE."

I would appreciate any assistance.

-Dave
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