Re: [R] [BioC] problem loading affycoretools (more details)

From: Jenny Drnevich <>
Date: Sat 12 Aug 2006 - 01:46:41 EST

Hi again,

I have been playing around with the order of loading packages, and as far as I can tell, there's nothing specific with affycoretools that's causing my Rgui to crash (i.e., shuts down and the Microsoft 'please send error report' box pops up). Instead, it has something to do with the order & type of packages that are loaded that add items to the menu bar by themselves, or adding more options under 'Vignettes'. Specific combinations of any 3 of: affycoretools, RWinEdt, affyPLM or affylmGUI can cause the crash. So far, I haven't been able to get it to crash without affycoretools, even if I load all the dependencies by themselves, but that may just be because I don't know of another package that adds to the menu bar. After playing around with this for a while, even combinations of two packages (that loaded fine before) started to crash the Rgui until I rebooted my PC. I remember having similar sorts of trouble a while back when manually downloading zipped packages and installing them via the menu - after doing a few, clicking on the menu again in the same R session would cause the Rgui to crash. As this may not be specific to Bioconductor (except that you may not put so many items in the menu unless you're using BioC packages), I'm cross posting to the R mailing list.


At 12:37 PM 8/10/2006, Jenny Drnevich wrote:
>Hi Jim & all,
>I'm having trouble getting affycoretools to work. I apparently had
>downloaded & installed affycoretools before, but had never used it. When I
>tried to load it today, I got an error message saying I was missing a
>dependent package, GOstats. So I used biocLite() to download & install
>GOstats & it's dependencies. Then when I tried to load affycoretools, I
>crashed my Rgui. I restarted the Rgui a few times in different ways, and
>each time I tried to load affycoretools, it crashed the Rgui. So then I
>went and deleted R_HOME/library/affycoretools and tried using biocLite() to
>get it again. This time it didn't crash, but it gave a warning message
>about it not containing a vignette (see below for output & sessionInfo). I
>checked on, and there is a vignette for affycoretools. I
>haven't tried any of the functions yet, but I'm worried that something's
>amiss. Any suggestions on what to check or reload?
>P.S. It was great to finally meet many of you at the BioC2006 conference!
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>Loading required package: affy
>Loading required package: Biobase
>Loading required package: tools
>Welcome to Bioconductor
> Vignettes contain introductory material.
> To view, simply type 'openVignette()' or start with 'help(Biobase)'.
> For details on reading vignettes, see the openVignette help page.
>Loading required package: affyio
>Loading required package: affydata
>Loading required package: Biobase
>Loading required package: gcrma
>Loading required package: matchprobes
>Loading required package: reposTools
>Loading required package: simpleaffy
>Loading required package: genefilter
>Loading required package: survival
>Loading required package: splines
>Welcome to 'affyQCReport' V 1.6-1
>Further information available at:
> mailto:
>Loading required package: ade4
>Loading required package: scatterplot3d
> > source("")
> > biocLite("affycoretools")
>Running getBioC version 0.1.6 with R version 2.3.1
>Running biocinstall version 1.8.4 with R version 2.3.1
>Your version of R requires version 1.8 of Bioconductor.
>trying URL
>Content type 'application/zip' length 10626563 bytes
>opened URL
>downloaded 10377Kb
>package 'affycoretools' successfully unpacked and MD5 sums checked
>The downloaded packages are in
> C:\Documents and Settings\drnevich\Local
>updating HTML package descriptions
> > library(affycoretools)
>Loading required package: GOstats
>Loading required package: graph
>Loading required package: Ruuid
>Loading required package: GO
>Loading required package: annotate
>Loading required package: RBGL
>Loading required package: xtable
>Attaching package: 'xtable'
> The following object(s) are masked from package:graph :
> label
>Loading required package: multtest
>Loading required package: Category
>Loading required package: KEGG
>Loading required package: hgu95av2
>Warning message:
>affycoretools contains no vignette, nothing is added to the menu bar in:
> > sessionInfo()
>Version 2.3.1 (2006-06-01)
>attached base packages:
>[1] "splines" "tools" "methods" "stats" "graphics" "grDevices"
>[7] "utils" "datasets" "base"
>other attached packages:
>affycoretools GOstats Category hgu95av2 KEGG
> "1.4.0" "1.6.0" "1.4.1" "1.12.0" "1.12.0"
> multtest xtable RBGL annotate GO
> "1.10.2" "1.3-2" "1.8.1" "1.10.0" "1.12.0"
> graph Ruuid made4 scatterplot3d ade4
> "1.10.4" "1.10.0" "1.6.0" "0.3-24" "1.4-1"
> affyQCReport simpleaffy genefilter survival reposTools
> "1.10.0" "2.6.0" "1.10.1" "2.26" "1.10.0"
> affyPLM gcrma matchprobes affydata affy
> "1.8.0" "2.4.1" "1.4.0" "1.8.0" "1.10.0"
> affyio Biobase limma RWinEdt
> "1.0.0" "1.10.0" "2.7.2" "1.7-4"
> >
>Jenny Drnevich, Ph.D.
>Functional Genomics Bioinformatics Specialist
>W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics
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Jenny Drnevich, Ph.D.

Functional Genomics Bioinformatics Specialist W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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