Xemacs/ESS on Mac OS X

Christof Bigler bigler at fowi.ethz.ch
Wed Jan 30 09:43:09 CET 2002

Hi all,

I'm new to the Xemacs/ESS world. I recently installed XEmacs 21.4 on my 
Mac (OS X), which looks fine in X11. Since I want to run R with ESS 
5.1.19, I installed this package, too, without changing anything in the 
'ess-site.el' file.
After starting up XEmacs, I get the following error (besides of some 

> (1) (initialization/error) An error has occurred while loading 
> /Users/christof/.xemacs/init.el:
> Invalid byte code: "variable reference to constant symbol :group"
> ...

The content of the init.el file is:

> (load "/sw/lib/xemacs/site-lisp/ess-5.1.19/lisp/ess-site")

which is the path to the ess-site.el file.

The content of the .emacs file is:

> ;;; XEmacs backwards compatibility file
> (setq user-init-file
>       (expand-file-name "init.el"
>                         (expand-file-name ".xemacs" "~")))
> (setq custom-file
>       (expand-file-name "custom.el"
>                         (expand-file-name ".xemacs" "~")))
> (setq ess-ask-for-ess-directory)
> (load-file user-init-file)
> (load-file custom-file)

Furthermore, when I try to start R with M-x R, I get only into the 
Rd-mode without R starting up.

How can I check what went wrong?


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