[R] ESS/rterm problem

Richard M. Heiberger rmh at fisher.stat.temple.edu
Sat Mar 13 06:20:30 CET 1999

Thanks for commenting on essd-r32.

I tested rw633 a few days ago.  You indeed have fixed several issues.
For me the focus difficulty in rw632 graphics was a problem.  That is now
working correctly in rw633.

The loss of the first call to a device is puzzling.  I found, and put in the
startup sequence of essd-r32, that calling x11() first, then a plot() command,
made the window visible.  If I called a plot() command without first calling
x11() then the window was invisible.

I have been assuming that the blocking of events from the process was
a consequence of the program not running in bash.  From your file base.html
   Rterm.exe will run from a command line such as an MS-DOS or Commands
   Window running the standard shells, command.com (9x) and cmd.exe (NT)
   but not bash.exe from the Cygwin B20 distribution nor tcsh.exe.
This looks to me like the single-process-at-a-time behavior that DOS lives in.
I therefore assume that making the Rterm work from a bash shell will solve
this and related problems.

Actually, you may have solved that problem already.  I just ran rw633 with
M-x R-sh-dos which you can get from
and the graphics window exists with plot() and without first saying x11().
The graph did not come to the front by itself.  I did need to find it with
Alt-Tab, but it was findable.  You might as will pick up
while you are there.  It is funcitonally identical to the ESS 5.1.3 distributed
version.  The differneces are that it now specifies rw633 and I have changed
the comments and startup message to reflect the changes you made in rw633.

I have a request for Rterm under ESS.  When I quit with q(), I get a windows
message box asking for confirmation.  The windows box is behind the emacs and
therefore invisible.  I would like that message to appear in the *R* buffer.

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