[R] Re: Using XEmacs and ESS with R for MS/Windows

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Mon Nov 25 19:58:01 CET 2002

Dear Joseph,

At 01:17 AM 11/26/2002 +0800, you wrote:

>However, I got the following problem and wandered about two things
>of installing XEmacs in Section 3 of your document.
>1) After installing new version of fox-ESS-config.zip,
>    there is no action when <Enter> pressed in the lower window.
>    (return to confirm) is message appeared in the Minibuffer
>    when I choose Send command from iESS menu.
>    This did not happened to the previous version.
>    I noticed the mode line of the lower window shows
>    (iESS PenDel Font [R]: run)
>    rather than
>    (iESS Font [R]: run) as in your document.
>    This extra 'PenDel' also appears in the mode line of the upper window.
>    And those paste line, function, ..., all won't actually execute
>    whatever in the upper window.
>    This affects is I have to use Ctrl+Alt+Del to kill 'Rterm' then
>    to close XEmacs under my Win98.

I'm not sure that I follow this. My newer configuration uses some stuff in 
the XEmacs pc package, and perhaps that's causing difficulties. You could 
change the pc-behaviour-level  variable near the top of the init file, or 
edit the file.

>2) Later I found that after kill 'Rterm' with Ctrl+Alt+Del, do
>    M-x R in the minibuffer to invoke R, then everything works.
>3) XEmacs package xemacs-i586-pc-win32 is required to download,
>    but not mentioned in page 10 of your document.

I believe that this is part of the standard 21.4.10 XEmacs installation, 
but I may be mistaken.

>4) Your configuration seems required XEmacs at least 21.4.9 version,
>    however this seems not mentioned in the document.

That might very well be the case. I haven't tried any of this except with 
version 21.4.10, and I should make that clear that in the document. I'm 
collecting comments and suggestions and will make changes some time soon. 
In the meantime, I hope that it's clear that until the version number 
reaches 1.0, things may change unpredictably!

>5) I found the init.el file in fox.ess.config.exe and fox.ess.config.zip
>    having different date, one is 11/23 and another is 11/24.
>    Any difference?

Yes. There was a small problem with graphics Windows that's mostly 
corrected in the newer file.

>Again, thanks very much for making ESS + XEmacs so convenient and
>powerful to use!
>BTW, your book "An R and S-Plus Companion to Applied Regression" is
>also great.

Thank you for the kind remarks.

I hope that this helps,

John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
email: jfox at mcmaster.ca
web: http://www.socsci.mcmaster.ca/jfox

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