this is my first message to this list. I hope it is not off topic
(and should have been posted to R-help for example).
I have R-2.3.0 installed on a couple of systems, including powermac
G5, iBook G4 (both with MacOSX 10.4.6), windows xp and linux (kubuntu
5.10). When trying to install package aroma from authors web site I
found that R for macosx crashes with segfault. This does not happens
with windows/linux. After contacting the package maintainer I
realized that in fact R segfaults every time I try to download a file
with a wrong url (e.g. that not exists).
For example, this works:
(sorry some R messages in spanish locale I will try to translate it)
--- Please select a CRAN mirror for use in this session ---
Loading Tcl/Tk interface ... done
probando la URL 'http://cran.cnr.Berkeley.edu/bin/macosx/powerpc/ contrib/2.3/ape_1.8-2.tgz'
Content type 'application/x-gzip' length 548537 bytes
where "probando la URL" means "trying URL" and "URL abierta" means
"URL opened", the file is correctly installed. If I specifically use
download.file() it still works:
1: abort (with core dump)
2: normal R exit
3: exit R without saving workspace
4: exit R saving workspace
So the package I have tryed to install crashes R because not finding
some file, something that don't happens in CRAN repositories, so
maybe this is the reason why it has not been noted before. I supposed
this is an unintended behaviour for R and so I decided to submit it.
May it be a bug or I have something wrong with my installation?
I have installed R-2.3.0 binaries for macosx (the linux version is
compiled from sources). For the macosx:
Version 2.3.0 (2006-04-24)