[R] ESS/rterm problem

A.J. Rossini rossini at biostat.washington.edu
Fri Mar 12 18:38:11 CET 1999

>>>>> "SF" == Simon Fear <fears at roycastle.liv.ac.uk> writes:

    SF> I really don't think this is an R bug; sorry if I've got it
    SF> wrong twice within a week.

This is an ESS bug :-(.  Please report to the appropriate people (like
me, or preferably, ess-bugs at stat.math.ethz.ch or
ess-help at stat.math.ethz.ch).

    SF> Using rw0632 on NT 4.0, I can get R running quite happily
    SF> under ESS 5.1.3. However, whenever I use help(), although I do
    SF> get the required help in a split screen, I also get the
    SF> minibuffer error message:

    SF> wrong argument type: processp, nil

Help, under both Unix and NT, is a bit alpha right now, as I'm
incorporating a few changes to improve Stata support, as well as to
clean up the code (which there, is a bit of a maintenance problem).

    SF> My own fault for updating to a beta of ESS? Anyone else have
    SF> this problem?

I would consider the 5.1.x series alpha, especially with respect to NT
(and I'm the current lead developer, when time permits).  5.1.x do
more, and hence are more broken.  5.0 does less, and is less broken
(but must be configured).

I've still not gotten R running on my Microsoft box, so can't verify
(probably not until Apr 1 or so, I'll be out traveling for the next
2+ weeks).

I'm slightly suprised that you got a hang under 5.1.3 that you didn't
under 5.0.  I'll have to look in to it.


A.J. Rossini
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