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I have an iMac 2013 with a Fusion Drive and OSX 10.8.5. No plans to migrate to Mavericks yet.

I have had issues also with x11 that I've solved with a "direct" install:

installer -pkg ~/Desktop/XQuartz.pkg -target / -allowUntrusted -store

But, when I try to install R-2.11.1 and above (I'm using R-2.10.1, and works well ;) ) I get the following message from the installer:

R 3.0.2 for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher (Snow Leopard build) can't be installed on this disk.
This build of R requires MAC OS X 10.6 or higher.

If I try from the Terminal

sudo installer -pkg ~/Desktop/R-3.0.2.pkg -target / -allowUntrusted -store

I receive this output from terminal:

installer: Note: running installer as an admin user (instead of root) gives better Mac App Store fidelity
installer: Warning: R-3.0.2.pkg was signed with a certificate that is not valid for store submission.
installer: Installation Check: Passed
installer: Volume Check: Fatal: Failure

And it fails.

What can I do? Delete some plist? Regenerate something? Reinstall Mountain Lion? I really prefer to not to have to rebuild from source.

I have had no issues installing R on my notebook with Lion.

  • It's a little hard in your question to parse out what you are typing and the errors that are returned. Could you make it a little clearer please. – Tony Williams Jan 18 '14 at 9:53
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Why are you using the -store option? You realise that if you have that then -allowUntrusted is ignored. To quote the man page In this mode, no other options are supported. That option is there to check that a package is ready to be submitted to Apple for the App Store.

Take that out.

I also discovered that failed attempts seem to leave orphan installer processes running that seem to cause trouble in later attempts - even a kill -9 leaves them on the process stack.

Reboot your computer and then run Terminal. First go sudo -s so you get an actual root shell. Now installer -verbose -pkg ~/Desktop/R-3.0.2.pkg -target / in the root shell. Thats what worked for me under 10.9

  • Hi Tony, just re-did this sudo installer -pkg ~/Desktop/R-3.0.2.pkg -target / The answer is always the same: installer: Cannot install on volume / because it is disabled. installer: This build of R requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. ... – MWin Jan 18 '14 at 19:38
  • Added to the answer after doing some exploration. – Tony Williams Jan 18 '14 at 21:40
  • Tony, thanks a lot, but still does not work. I did : sudo -s and bash told me: bash-3.2# (root ok) then I did: installer -verbose -pkg ~/Desktop/R-3.0.2.pkg -target / and then the answer is always the same: installer: Cannot install on volume / because it is disabled. installer: This build of R requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. – MWin Jan 19 '14 at 12:26
  • Dang. Might be a 10.8 problem as it went in fine under 10.9 It's possible all your failed attempts have left too much cruft around. At what point did it fail - what was the verbose output you got? – Tony Williams Jan 19 '14 at 12:28
  • and not, is a (not so well) known problem. There is a solution for x11 (that I've applied) and then I go back to my original question: What can I do? Delete some plist? Regenerate something? Reinstall Mountain Lion? I really prefer to not to have to rebuild from source, but if rebuilding from source is the only option I should go there ... – MWin Jan 19 '14 at 12:30
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Tried also "more options in installer" also to N/A. Did not tried Sage.

Then I tried with the re-installation of OSX 10.8.5 (Cmd-R), and then I've installed R3.0.2 without issues.

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