[R] further on ESS/XEmacs for Windows

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Wed Nov 27 13:44:26 CET 2002

Dear Tony,

Please note that the problems that I've noted (beyond those produced by my 
inadequate instructions about where to put files) relate not to the 
toolbar, which seems to work fine, but to some of the menu items, which 
call up dialog boxes. I'm able to reproduce these problems without using my 
configuration file, by the way. As well, there are some problems that 
relate to graphics windows that also appear to be independent of my 

Installation certainly will become simpler when my stuff gets folded into ESS.

(I decided to send my message to r-help because some people encountered 
difficulties that I hoped to clear up, and because I figured that someone 
there would have insight into the Windows problems.)


At 08:11 PM 11/26/2002 -0800, A.J. Rossini wrote:
> >>>>> "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).
>A.J. Rossini                            Rsrch. Asst. Prof. of Biostatistics
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John Fox
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