[ESS] ess-mode: Wrong type argument: syntax-table-p, nil

Leon sdl.web at gmail.com
Sat Feb 25 12:36:55 CET 2006

Dear Stephen,
Thank you for your help.

Should we also consider renaming 'ess-mode' to something else? It is
quite confusing for beginners in a sense of a major mode. Just some

Stephen Eglen <S.J.Eglen at damtp.cam.ac.uk> writes:

> Dear Leon,
> As Tony said below, ess-mode is the wrapper for several functions, so
> the fact that it put the ESS menubar up is just that it got that far
> before the code broke.  ess-mode should not be used, and hence I have
> made it non-interactive in the next release.  (i.e. you won't be able
> to type M-x ess-mode.)  The preferred behaviour is just to use things
> like M-x R-mode if the buffer name is not appropriate (e.g. .R).
> Stephen
>  > ess-mode is a universal initializer for R-mode, S-mode, Stata-mode,
>  > XLispStat mode, etc.    Without proper variables being set, it's
>  > useless by itself.
>  > 
>  > Stephen had proposed making it a non-interactive function, which would
>  > probably be a good idea.  It should be fixed in the next release or
>  > two.
>  > > I see your point. I'm configuring the installation so that other users
>  > > can readily run ess. I found it strange because although 'M-x
>  > > ess-mode' gives error, the 'ess' menu is properly installed. I can
>  > > start the R process from it. This makes me question is it nessary to
>  > > produce such an error?
>  > 
>  > --
>  > best,
>  > -tony
>  > 
>  > blindglobe at gmail.com
>  > Muttenz, Switzerland.
>  > "Commit early,commit often, and commit in a repository from which we can easily
>  > roll-back your mistakes" (AJR, 4Jan05).
>  > 


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