[ESS] getting started with ESS and Xemacs

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Sat Jan 22 03:26:50 CET 2005

Dear Michael,

Are you sure that my init file is executed when Xemacs starts? If not, my
guess is that the init.el file isn't in the .xemacs directory in your home
directory. Is that possible?

I hope this helps.

John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M4

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ess-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch 
> [mailto:ess-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of 
> Michael Wolosin
> Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 4:28 PM
> To: ess-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: [ESS] getting started with ESS and Xemacs
> All -
> I am using John Fox's excellent introduction to ESS and 
> XEmacs for R, and have followed his instructions for 
> installation (including using his init.el file).  Also note 
> that I renamed the ess-site.el and ess-site.elc files and 
> replaced ess-site.el with the patch John posted. (I am using 
> windows 2000, XEmacs 21.4.13, R 2.0.1).
> I am new to Emacs, as well as Unix-style programming in 
> general, but I thought it worthwhile to try to get going on 
> ESS and XEmacs because I use R extensively, am excited about 
> a more powerful editing environment for it, and will likely 
> need to use R on a Unix box in the not too distance future... 
> so this seems an excellent way to get started (and to have 
> some transparency when I do move from PC to Unix).
> Now, when I start up Xemacs using the init.el from John, it 
> starts up in a single frame with only one window and a 
> minibuffer, rather than 2 windows and the minibuffer.  I can 
> open a new (or old) scratch.R or foo.R file in a new Frame, 
> and it interacts correctly with the ESS[R] session running in 
> the first frame, but it would be more useful to be able to 
> view both windows in the same split frame (as the help files 
> indicate it should).  Also, it seems that several of the 
> hotkeys in the init.el file refer to switching back and forth 
> from win1 and win2, which doesn't seem to happen correctly 
> with more than one frame.
> Any suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Mike
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