How to show diagnostics for C++11



So I’m working on this package that uses C++11 via Rcpp. Its DESCRIPTION has “SystemRequirements: C++11” and the files in question have “// [[Rcpp::plugins(cpp11)]]” at the top. And the whole things build fine. Despite all that, the syntax highlighting tells me that it’s never heard of C++11 constructions like “std::unordered_map”. Now, clearly the compiler has, because everything works. So how do I persuade RStudio (1.1.383) to provide diagnostics for this version of C++ rather than the previous one? Where does it take its cue for syntax highlighting?


Thanks for the bug report! I think this is an incompatibility between RStudio and newer versions of R – we set the environment variable USE_CXX1X behind the scenes to request usage of the C++11 standard, but newer versions of R only recognize USE_CXX11. We’ll try to get this fixed up!


In the meantime, I believe you can work around this by setting

USE_CXX11 = yes

in your .Renviron file, at ~/.Renviron.


I have this same problem, unfortunately, when I tried USE_CXX11 = yes in my .Renviron file, syntax highlighting stopped working altogether. It would be great to have a solution!


Thanks! That’s useful. Shall I assume the same arrangement for C++14?


Yes indeed! For what it’s worth, this is documented in the R Extension manual – see