New to ESS - Install Question

Rich Heiberger rmh at
Thu May 4 20:21:54 CEST 2000

It looks like you are making the process more difficult than it really is.
On the PC the installation consists of
1. Unzip the file.
2. Tell Xemacs where you put it.  This is done with a single line in
   the .emacs file (using the path you gave in your message)
      (load-file "d:/progra~1/XEmacs/ESS-5.1.13/lisp/ess-site.el")

You now have ESS fully installed.  In particular, you probably do not
need to change anything in ess-site.el.  And you certainly do not need
to byte-compile anything.

You also need to place the directories containing Sqpe.exe and
Rterm.exe in your path in your autoexec.bat.  The lines you need in
autoexec.bat are something on the order of

set PATH=%PATH%;c:\progra~1\spls2000\cmd
set PATH=%PATH%;c:\progra~1\rw101\bin

Make sure the path names are correct for your machine.

Note that we use forward slashes in the load-file because we are
talking to emacs.  We use backward slashes in autoexec.bat because we
are talking to DOS.  We use progra~1 because the embedded space in
"Program Files" causes trouble.

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