[ESS] Xemacs again {was "file name completion again"}

Patrick Connolly p.connolly at hortresearch.co.nz
Wed Sep 7 04:51:11 CEST 2005

On Thu, 01-Sep-2005 at 09:49AM -0500, Rodney Sparapani wrote:

|> > > In such moments I'm close to proposing to drop all support for
|> > > Xemacs...   but luckily these moments pass ... so you Xemacs
|> > > lovers don't have to be afraid yet.
|> >
|> >I agree with you there - but I feel a bit more strongly, and my
|> >moments do not pass!  I think the more people get behind Emacs, the
|> >sooner XEmacs will become a thing of the past.  I spent a lot of time
|> >cursing at the differences between Emacs and XEmacs.
|> >
|> >I realise XEmacs provides better support for Windows, but then I'm no
|> >fan of Windows either!
|> >
|> >Stephen
|> >  
|> >
|> Well, I would disagree slightly.  I'd say that Emacs is better on Windows
|> and Mac, but XEmacs rules on Unix.  

Not here at this Unix establishment.  I looked at Xemacs about 7 years
ago and didn't like the way I couldn't paste text with the middle
button (among other things).

That aside, it's somewhat reassuring to hear that Emacs can work with
Windows.  I have some unfortunate colleagues who must use that OS so I
can feel less reluctant to help them with ESS now.  The idea of dealing
with Xemacs put me off the idea.

|> The problem with Emacs is that you have to install all of the modes
|> that it doesn't come with.  We've seen that installation is the
|> back-breaker for many of an ESS user. 

I think the installation is extremely.  The only tricky part is
knowing how to edit the .emacs file so that Emacs know where to find R
(or whatever).  It is clear once you know, but it's not simple to make
it clear to the rank beginner.


Patrick Connolly
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