[R] further on ESS/XEmacs for Windows

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Wed Nov 27 05:11:20 CET 2002

>>>>> "john" == John Fox <jfox at mcmaster.ca> writes:

    john> (2) I spent a good part of the day today trying XEmacs and ESS on a
    john> variety of Windows systems -- with and without my configuration
    john> files. I noticed a number of intermittent problems with GUI-related
    john> commands, such as attempts to open dialog boxes causing the R process
    john> to freeze. I'll try to track down the source of these problems.

I'm not sure what the status of these is -- I do know that some people
I trust have wondered how the heck R even works under (X)Emacs on
Windows (issues arising with systems interfacing, blocking calls, and
similar "stuff").  

Note that I'm about 50% of the way to integrating John's work (along
with Tomy's (Thomas Gerd's) work for SAS) to provide toolbars.  I
expect it to be finished for the next release of ESS, so if you send
feedback privately to John, cc me if it is about problems (or you
might mention to him that you've not told me; I'll be in touch with

This will simplify matters when I check in the new ESS stuff into the
XEmacs package archives, since it will mean that you can install via
the menu package items (similar to the R package installer menu

One question that has popped up is if the toolbar should be placed
somewhere else -- i.e. on the left or right sides -- I can make that
an option, defaulting to replacement of the top toolbar, or I could do
it VM style on the left side.  Thoughts?  

(probably the best reply to this would be to me, or we should move the
conversation over to the ess-help list).


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