[R] Scripting with an external editor

Raubertas, Richard richard_raubertas at merck.com
Wed Apr 2 22:26:13 CEST 2003

A.J. Rossini writes:

> From: rossini at blindglobe.net [mailto:rossini at blindglobe.net]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 1:28 PM
> To: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> "Prof. Brian Ripley" <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:
> > I think the `trick' is how text for parsing is sent to R, 
> and the answer 
> > is via the command line, using C redirection (and ptys under Unix).
> > I've already suggested that approach a week ago.
> This is exactly it -- ESS works by sitting on top of R's I/O streams,
> i.e. stdin and stdout, and parsing the input and output of known
> commands.  Why anyone would want to reinvent that wheel is beyond me.

Perhaps because some people (myself included) find Emacs a
really unpleasant editor to use.  (Not implying this is the
case for the person who started this thread, however.)  I know 
it is hard for the Emacs zealots to comprehend.

Having the ability to pipe selections from, say Nedit, directly
to the R command line would be nice.  It's absence is not 
enough to make me switch editors though.

Rich Raubertas


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