[ESS] Problem running R in emacs using ess-12.09-1

Vitalie Spinu spinuvit at gmail.com
Sun Dec 23 13:35:50 CET 2012

  >> Chris Francis <chris.francis at clear.net.nz>
  >> on Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:20:55 +1300 wrote:


  > I have GNU Emacs 22.3.1 and R version 2.15.2.

Sorry, but this almost ancient vesion of emacs is not supported. That is
the likely reason for your problem. 


  > I thought that I had installed ess-12.9-1 correctly using the "_GNU Emacs Simple
  > Instructions:_" in the ess-12.9-1 README file
  > (I extracted ess-12.9-1 into C:\Program Files\emacs-22.3\site-lisp, added the
  > line
  >           (require 'ess-site)
  > to `~/.emacs' and restarted Emacs, and saw a buffer named `*ESS*', which the
  > README file says means that the installation was most likely successful).

  > When I typed 'M-x R' to run R this seemed to work.  It opened an *R* buffer
  > which contained the following text

  > --------------  start of text in *R* buffer ---------------------

  > R version 2.15.2 (2012-10-26) -- "Trick or Treat"
  > Copyright (C) 2012 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
  > ISBN 3-900051-07-0
  > Platform: i386-w64-mingw32/i386 (32-bit)

  > R is free software and comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
  > You are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.
  > Type 'license()' or 'licence()' for distribution details.

  > R is a collaborative project with many contributors.
  > Type 'contributors()' for more information and
  > 'citation()' on how to cite R or R packages in publications.

  > Type 'demo()' for some demos, 'help()' for on-line help, or
  > 'help.start()' for an HTML browser interface to help.
  > Type 'q()' to quit R.

  > [Previously saved workspace restored]

  >> > options(chmhelp=FALSE, help_type="text")
  >> options(STERM='iESS', str.dendrogram.last="'", 
  > editor='emacsclient.exe', show.error.locations=TRUE)
  > --------------  end of text in *R* buffer ---------------------

  > However, when I tried to type the R command ls() at the '>' prompt I got

  > Invalid regexp: "Invalid regular expression"

  > in the minibuffer and the R process hung up (I had to use Task Manager to end
  > it).

  > Any suggestions as to how to get R to work in Emacs?

  > Until today I was successfully running an earlier version of R (R-2.8.0) with
  > Emacs using ess-5.3.8.  I updated to R-2.15.2 and ess-12.9-1 today because I'd
  > downloaded a recent R package (rB

  > R-2.15.2 seems to be correctly installed (because I can run it from outside
  > Emacs).

  > Any helpful suggestions gratefully received,

  > Chris Francis

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