[ESS] Crashing emacs & ess by closing the R buffer

James W. MacDonald jmacdon at med.umich.edu
Mon Sep 20 15:33:17 CEST 2010

Hi Chris,

On 9/18/2010 7:39 AM, Chris Evans wrote:
> I shifted from xemacs to emacs a year or so ago now and confess that
> I've never really felt as comfortable in emacs and don't remember ever
> doing this in xemacs.
> OK, the problem: what I've done a few times now is that I've meant to
> close a help page buffer I've opened but don't realise that I'm in the R
> buffer and that seems to hang the whole combination of emacs, ess&  R.
> Windoze XP sp3 (yes, I know, when I retire I'll see if I really can
> transfer to linux!) XP, Emacs 23.1.1 and ESS ... (hm, how do you check
> what version you have running?)

C-h C-a will give you the splash page, which includes the version.

How exactly are you closing the help page? C-x k? If so, note that a 
safer way to close a help buffer is to just hit x when in that buffer. 
That will kill a help buffer, and has the added benefit of putting you 
back into your R buffer.

If you aren't in a help buffer, all you will do is add an x wherever the 
cursor is, which is much better than what you are getting right now.



> Taskmanager shows emacs&  R as still running but the emacs window just
> shows its edges with no content and doesn't respond to anything.  I can
> close any R graphics window that's open (and I _think_ maybe this only
> happens when I have one open) but nothing seems to be able to unlock
> things other than killing emacs through taskmanager.
> I'm sure it is, ultimately, my not paying enough attention but I
> wondered if there was any way to make it less easy for me to do this or
> even stop me doing it?
> TIA and thanks for a great piece of software and an amazingly supportive
> and friendly list.
> Chris

James W. MacDonald, M.S.
Douglas Lab
University of Michigan
Department of Human Genetics
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