> On Sep 22, 2016, at 1:39 AM, Prof Brian Ripley <rip...@stats.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
> So far I have encountered few problems.  R.app runs but I do not normally use 
> it so my tests were minimal.
> My observations are about installing packages from source.
> - It seems Apple has been tidying up, and I had ca 20GB more free space after 
> upgrading (which is worthwhile on my MBA with a 128GB SSD).  It seems that 
> includes removing some headers, including those for openssl (used by packages 
> PKI and RSclient - package opensssl uses its own). This is but the latest 
> instance in a long-term trend, e.g. iodbc, pcre and liblzma have libraries 
> but no headers.
> - Finally the POSIX 2008 function clock_gettime is supported (and will be 
> used by R): but package scrypt calls it incorrectly.
> Xcode 8 is available for EL Capitan but I would caution against using it 
> there (despite it being pushed as an update from the AppStore).  AFAICS (and 
> googling will find other reports) it defaults to the macOS 10.12 SDK and that 
> declares functions such as clock_gettime not available in El Capitan.  (I 
> believe that R checks thoroughly enough not to be caught by this.)
> There is a further problem with Xcode 8, also seen on Sierra.  Packages using 
> xml2-config (such as XML) fail to install.  Apple modified xml2-config to 
> look on the SDK path, which means packages using it attempt to link to .tbd 
> files rather than .dylibs.  Which should be OK but the supplied .tbd attempt 
> to link to libraries removed in Sierra and so linking fails. (This is not a 
> problem with the version 8 of the Command Line Tools, only available for 
> Sierra.)
> -- 
> Brian D. Ripley,                  rip...@stats.ox.ac.uk
> Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, University of Oxford

Thanks Prof. Ripley.

Just to add another voice, I have not had any issues with R under Sierra.

I did a clean install of R 3.3.1, after completely deleting the prior 
installation. I then re-installed XQuartz and installed a fairly substantial 
number of CRAN packages, which includes RODBC installed from source.

I do not typically use the default R GUI, but use ESS. In the latter case, I am 
now using Emacs 25.1 and the only issue that I have had so far, is that 
vertically scrolling a large file using either the built-in TrackPad on my 
MacBook Pro or my external TrackPad, results in overly sensitive scrolling. I 
barely need to move my fingers on the TrackPad and the file buffer scrolls a 
very large amount rapidly. I tried this using Emacs 24.5 and the behavior is 
the same, so this is not unique to Emacs 25.1 and seems to be a change under 

A Google search, so far, does not reveal any reports on this and I do not have 
this behavior in any other apps. I have made some temporary changes to my 
.emacs file relative to scrolling, which helps to slow scrolling, but it is not 
ideal yet. There are no settings pertaining to the TrackPad in System 
Preferences that appear to be relevant.

I will keep playing around with this and perhaps post to the Emacs support 
list, as it is not clear if there is a bug in Sierra causing this, or there is 
a need for a change in Emacs itself or .emacs settings relative to scrolling to 
modify this behavior. There are posts on the Emacs list where folks were using 
Sierra betas, but no mention of this behavior as far as I can see.


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