[R] How to start ESS?

Christian Hennig fm3a004 at math.uni-hamburg.de
Thu Jan 18 12:07:18 CET 2001

Dear help-list,

because of my request, ESS was installed in our faculties' UNIX-net by our
system administrator. At the moment, we have only R installed to be used
with ESS, no other statistical software.

Reading the ESS online-manual and the R-FAQ, I did not find out how to
start ESS. The chapter on "Using R" in the ESS-manual seems to be missing
(this holds as well for the WWW-manual at the eth-zurich).

I understand the "How to start ESS"-part as follows: I simply have to start
emacs and then I can start an S-session with M-x S.
This gives "no match", which is not very surprising, because S is not 
But M-x R does as well give "no match".

If I start emacs with a source file with the ending ".S", 
I get a kind of syntax highlighting. For ".R", this does not work.

Very strange.

Possible reasons:
-> I missed an important passage while reading the manual or FAQ.
-> Our installation did not succeed. (But our sysadmin told that everything
   looked nice).
-> There is something to do which is explained nowhere.

Can you help me?

Best regards,


Christian Hennig
Fachbereich Mathematik - SPST
 (Schwerpunkt Mathematische Statistik und Stochastische Prozesse,
 Zentrum fuer Modellierung und Simulation)
Bundesstrasse 55
D-20146 Hamburg
Tel: x40/42838 4907, privat x40/631 62 79
hennig at math.uni-hamburg.de

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