[R] setting editor environment variable EDITOR either when configuring R for installation or in .Rprofile

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jul 30 20:43:09 CEST 2008

On Wed, 30 Jul 2008, Marc Schwartz wrote:

> on 07/30/2008 12:54 PM Mark Kimpel wrote:
>> I'm running R on Linux and use emacs as my editor. When doing
>> "edit(vignette(foo.vignette))" I would like to invoke emacs rather than the
>> default vi. I am able to manually set this by editing $R_HOME/etc/Renviron
>> but would like to avoid doing this with each install. I assume this can be
>> accomplished with a flag to .configure or in .Rprofile but I can't find the
>> syntax in R-admin. Editor is not listed as an environment variable in
>> appendix B of that manual.
>> So, help is appreciated as I've probably missed something.
>> Mark
> Mark,
> See ?options for 'editor'. This is also referenced in ?edit, where the 
> default value for the 'editor' argument is getOption("editor").
> Thus, in your .Rprofile, put:
>  options(editor="emacs")

Or just use the emacs() function provided (!), or set VISUAL.

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