Getting started with R, Emacs, & ESS
paul.schwarz at attbi.com
Sun Jul 14 22:12:40 CEST 2002
I have a PC running Windows 2000, and I recently downloaded and installed R
v1.5.1, GNU Emacs v21.2, and ESS v5.1.21. The combination appears to be
working more or less OK. However, I would appreciate some help
understanding and configuring a few things. Some of these things may be
documentation issues; others may be related to my lack of experience and/or
"rustiness" working with GNU Emacs (the last time I really worked with Emacs
was about 5 years or so ago using, I believe, v19.55).
1) I'd like to know how to customize the colors used by ESS to highlight R
commands, etc. I believe that this is related to font-lock. I've found a
variable called "ess-mode-font-lock-keywords", but describing its contents
hasn't helped me understand how to make the necessary modifcations to the
color scheme for ESS. How do I do this?
2) I've also read in the documentation about the STERM variable that is set
upon starting iESS. The documentation also talks about other choices such
as Rgui. First of all, why would I want to use Rgui rather than iESS?
Second, how would I actually make a change in my .emacs file?
3) I've seen mention of a "gnuclient" program (it's listed on the startup
options when I start R, for example). What is it? Do I need it? Want it?
Where do I get it? I know I don't have it.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.
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