[ESS] Permanently set working directoty

Stephen Eglen S.J.Eglen at damtp.cam.ac.uk
Wed Aug 23 21:46:28 CEST 2006

 > Actually I have done some RTFM and found section "3.5 Changing the
 > startup actions", where this is described but I had problems since
 > manual says
 > "If you do not wish ESS to prompt for a starting directory when starting
 > a new process, set the variable `ess-ask-for-ess-directory' to `nil'.
 > In this case, the value of the variable `ess-directory' is used as the
 > starting directory.  The default value for this variable is your home
 > directory."
 > However, when I set the variable `ess-ask-for-ess-directory' to `nil' R
 > session starts in directory of last visited file. Say I have opened file
 > from "/some/where/on/my/disk" and when I fire M-x R, R starts in
 > "/some/where/on/my/disk" and not from my home directory. Did I do
 > anything wrong or is my reading of manual bad. However, as already noted
 > above manual setting of `ess-directory' variable solves this problem.
 > Perhaps manual should be modified according to this?
 > Thank you very much for providing such a great interface!

hi Gregor,
I think you're right - the manual sounds out of date, I'll take a look
at clearing this up; the default shouldn't be your home directory.


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