Re: [R] problem with R on mac os x

From: Peter Dalgaard <>
Date: Tue 13 Dec 2005 - 11:11:12 EST

Eric Pante <> writes:

> Hello all,
> R just ''stopped working'' on my machine (ibook g4, os 10.3.9). between
> last time I used it and now, I did not do anything but check emails and
> browse the internet. when I try to start the GUI, it appears and
> disappears as rapidly. when I tried to run a session from the terminal,
> I got the following:
> mkdir: /tmp/Rtmp590-29493: Permission denied
> mkdir: /tmp/Rtmp590: Permission denied
> ERROR: cannot create temporary R session directory
> If I log as root, I can start a session from the terminal, so I figured
> that somewhere file permissions got corrupted. therefore, I
> re-installed R (I tried 2.1.1 and 2.2.0), but same result: I can't
> start a session. The install itself runs fine, though.
> Does anyone know what is going on? Where can I re-establish my
> ''rights'' to use R ??? My file is defined as drwxrwxr-x. I did
> not see any mention of a similar problem in the archives.
> Thank you in advance for your insights!
> eric

Sounds like something doesn't have the right file permissions. Did the /tmp/Rtmp* directories exist before R started? If not, what are the permissions and ownership on /tmp?

We have had issues where we didn't quite succeed in creating temporary directory names, but I'd expect such problems to be intermittent.

   O__  ---- Peter Dalgaard             ุster Farimagsgade 5, Entr.B
  c/ /'_ --- Dept. of Biostatistics     PO Box 2099, 1014 Cph. K
 (*) \(*) -- University of Copenhagen   Denmark          Ph:  (+45) 35327918
~~~~~~~~~~ - (                  FAX: (+45) 35327907

______________________________________________ mailing list
PLEASE do read the posting guide!
Received on Tue Dec 13 11:22:04 2005

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.8 : Tue 13 Dec 2005 - 14:30:05 EST