Solution for ESS setup problems on SuSE 6.3 Linux

Martin Maechler maechler at
Mon May 15 14:27:45 CEST 2000

This is so helpful,
that the ESS mailing list should see it, too (thank you, Sven !)

Martin Maechler <maechler at>

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To: John Williams <jwilliams at>
CC: Peter Dalgaard BSA <p.dalgaard at>, r-help at
Subject: Re: [R] Setting up ESS 5.0
Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 12:18:49 +0200


I´ve had exactely the same problems with SuSE 6.3 and ESS. The Problem
is, that SuSE changed the permisions of the ptty* from 6.2 to 6.3 and
ESS (and some other programms like the debugger xxgdb) has got some
problems with these changes. 

Look at:

for a solution. (Don´t know if this page is available in english too.)

The easieset, but insecure way

chmod 666 /dev/pty*

Or set the s-bit for xemcas/emacs and other applications by

chmod g+s $(which xemacs)
chgrp tty $(which xemacs) or emacs.

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