[R] Configuring ESS for SAS on Win NT & Win 2000

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Sun Jul 7 09:02:39 CEST 2002

Removing R-help.  They are still irrelevant to this.

Rob -

Anyway, it's not clear that SAS batch mode isn't sufficient.  It's
probably the only way that I've really used it (other than test
cases), and job submission is pretty much the equivalent to S/R-mode's
buffer-evaluation command.

Could you describe a real workflow/use-case where "interactive SAS"
(truly interactive) is a win?  

I'd think that it would suffice, for the most case, to evaluate
buffers  (or even suitably wrapped regions, which the old "Tom Cook
SAS mode" had), via batch job submission, and then being able to
proceed to the appropriate LST/LOG buffer?


>>>>> "robert" == Robert Balshaw <Rob.Balshaw at syreon.com> writes:

    robert> Thanks to Tony Rossini, who directed me to the more appropriate ESS-help mailing
    robert> list.

    robert> Rich Heiberger was quick to confirm that Meta-x SAS will not work for Windows.
    robert> He suggested that I use the editing capabilities and submit the code to an
    robert> external or batch SAS job.

    robert> <Sigh>

    robert> One more reason I should switch to GNU/Linux.

    robert> Cheers,

    robert> Rob

    robert> -- Robert Balshaw, Ph.D.
    robert> -- Senior Biostatistician, Syreon Corp.
    robert> -- Phone: (604) 822-5199; Fax: (604) 822-5911

    >> -----Original Message-----
    >> My apologies for the off-topic post, but this seemed the most likely place to
    >> find relevant expertise.
    >> Is there anyone who would be able to assist me in configuring GNU Emacs, ESS,
    >> and SAS on my Windows NT and Windows 2000 machines?
    >> I have been successful running R in ESS, thanks to the excellent examples I've
    >> found for helping with .emacs and related files.
    >> SAS, however, seems to be a horse of a different colour.
    >> Thus far, I can edit .sas files using ESS. However, when I call for SAS (
    >> Alt-X SAS"), Emacs responds:
    >> apply: Spawning child process: invalid argument
    >> (the above copied from the *Messages* buffer).
    >> I suspect this is due to problems with some variable associated with
    >> inferior-SAS-program-name or inferior-SAS-args, but I'm getting in
    >> over my head,
    >> here.
    >> Thanks for any pointers - I'd be delighted to be told to read
    >> 'document X'.  So
    >> far, the online documents I've read and the documents embedded within
    >> ESS 'docs'
    >> directory appear to assume a Unix environment.
    >> Cheers,
    >> Rob
    >> P.S.  I will summarize any discoveries/imparted wisdoms to the group, so feel
    >> free to respond directly.

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