[ESS] Problem installing ESS - I don't understand the instructions

Vincent Goulet vincent.goulet at act.ulaval.ca
Thu Oct 1 22:19:10 CEST 2009


Make your life easier by building on  my own work:


Once this is installed, ~/ (a unixism) will refer to your HOME  
directory (read the instructions in the installation wizard). As  
for .emacs, it is your personal Emacs configuration file. It does not  
exist by default, you'll have to create it. Use Emacs for this since  
Windows Explorer (or most pure WIndows applications) will not happily  
create a file with no base name, just an extension.

It's again a unixism to name configuration files starting with a dot.  
They are not shown by default in directory listings.

HTH   Vincent

Vincent Goulet, Full Professor
École d'actuariat
Université Laval, Québec
vincent.goulet at act.ulaval.ca   http://vgoulet.act.ulaval.ca

Le jeu. 1 oct. à 13:02, PBK Research a écrit :

> Hello
> I have sent this query twice to 'ess-help- 
> request at stat.math.ethz.ch', as
> recommended in the ESS documentation, and each time it has been  
> bounced. I
> don't know whether this is the right place for it; if not, could  
> someone
> please tell me where to ask.
> I am a complete beginner with Emacs and ESS - I am installing it just
> because it is recommended in the R help files. I have just installed  
> Emacs version 23.1 today, and I am trying to install ESS 5.4 on top  
> of it.
> Emacs seems to start OK, but I get lost trying to follow the  
> installation
> for ESS.
> My operating system is MS Windows XP with SP2. I have downloaded the  
> ESS zip
> file ess-5.4.zip and unpacked it into the directory c:\Program
> files\Emacs\emacs\emacs-23.1\site-lisp. The next step of the  
> instructions
> for Windows installation reads:
> 2. Add the line
> (require 'ess-site)
> to `~/.emacs' and restart Emacs.
> My problem is that I don't know what `~/.emacs' refers to. I have  
> searched
> the whole of my hard disk for a file with the extension .emacs, or  
> for any
> file containing the text 'emacs', without success. The fact that  
> `~/.emacs'
> includes the slash, rather than the backslash, makes me wonder  
> whether this
> instruction belongs in the Unix installation instructions (where  
> exactly the
> same words are found) and there should be something different for  
> Windows.
> Could you please tell me where to find `~/.emacs' on my system?
> Many thanks
> Peter Kenny
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