[R] emacs 21.1, R-1.3.1, and ESS

Jonathan Baron baron at cattell.psych.upenn.edu
Thu Dec 13 19:29:43 CET 2001

Emacs 21.1 has other problems.  It may be good to wait for the
next version.  I tried setting it up, and gave up and went back
to version 20.7.

The trouble I had was with the icon bar.  Ugh.  Well, you can
remove it, but the geometry is set before the bar is removed, so
you need to make the geometry bigger to compensate.  But this
means that, if you like things big (as I do), the little window
at the bottom which asks you what directory you want, when you do
 emacs -f R,
is off the screen.

And the SGML mode - which I use a lot - wouldn't work for me.

[Don't tell me how to fix it.  I really am happy with 20.7.]

At that point I figured, "Well, I'll get this to work by reading
the manual."  BUT THERE IS NO MANUAL.   That is the real killer.
(There is on-line help, but it is too hard to go through it
looking for things.  What I want is something like
http://www.gnu.org/manual/emacs/ but for 21.1.)

In sum, I would not be the least upset if the ESS team said, "If
you want to use ESS, stick with Emacs 20.7 for a while."

Jon Baron
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