[ESS] RGUI not responding

Chris Evans chris at psyctc.org
Thu Mar 31 21:15:28 CEST 2005

On 31 Mar 2005 at 13:01, Richard M. Heiberger wrote:

> In Xemacs I get a session like that by default as I launch.  I'd love
> not to have that so presumably that means there's something I've got
> in that ess-site.el that is launching that inferior R without waiting
> to be asked.  Maybe that's a problem?  However, that's been the case
> ever since I first installed Xemacs/ESS over a year or so ago I'd say.
> Something is not right.  R should not launch by itself.
> Did you accidentally place R on your Windows startup directory?
No!!! If I had R would have launched every time I started Windoze.  I 
think I'd have noticed!
> Or is there something strange in your site-start.el or .emacs or
> init.el? Run an emacs session without any of those
It's not Emacs that's doing it, it's Xemacs.
> emacs -q --no-site-file
opened Xemacs with a file --no-site-file open
> then load ess-site.el manually and see what happens.
loaded and byte-compiled it.  Didn't load R process but did when I 
asked it to.  When I asked it run a simple R file it did.

> > If the PATH isn't right or if you changed the value of
> > inferior-R-program-name, that could cause trouble.
> > 
> > Check your PATH from the
> >    M-x shell
> Xemacs gives:
> A subdirectory or file .exe already exists.
> Error occurred while processing: .exe.
> A subdirectory or file -i already exists.
> Error occurred while processing: -i.
> Process cmd.exe exited abnormally with code 1
> This is weird.  What did you do to get .exe to be a file name?
If I knew I would have fixed it!  I am genuinely not aware that I 
have tweaked anything beyond doing the installation of Xemacs and 
ESS.  I love Xemacs on Windoze and ESS and I love emacs which I use 
on my Debian servers over ssh terminal sessions but I'm no programmer 
nor do I think I can justify learning elisp.  

OK.  I think there's a clear message coming across that something's 
has been badly shot so I'm going to delete Xemacs entirely and start 

Sorry if I've been wasting people's time but thanks anyway.


Chris Evans <chris at psyctc.org>
Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, Rampton Hospital; 
Research Programmes Director, Nottinghamshire NHS Trust, 
Hon. SL Institute of Psychiatry
*** My views are my own and not representative of those institutions 

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