[R] Working comfortably with (X)Emacs + Sweave

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Wed Apr 30 19:41:18 CEST 2003

On Wed, Apr 30, 2003 at 07:11:01PM +0200, Tamas Papp wrote:
> I would appreciate if people told me how they solve these problems or
> have found any other way to make Xemacs more comfortable. A
> "call sweave and then latex on this file in one go" and "show the DVI
> that was produced from this Rnw file" command would be very
> useful. Emacs init.el files and similar would help a lot, too.

Excellent question. Below is my pedestrian answer. I edit in XEmacs,
and then call this shellscript. You could also bind it to what gets 
called from latex/auctex when you 'compile' the input file.


#!/bin/bash -e

function errorexit () {
    echo "Error: $1"
    exit 1

function filetest () {
    if [ ! -f $1 ]; then
       errorexit "File $1 not found"
    return 0
if [ "$#" -lt 1 ]; then
    errorexit "Need to specify argument file"
BASENAME=$(basename $1 .Rnw)
filetest $RNWFILE
echo "library(tools); Sweave(\"$RNWFILE\")" \
      | Rterm --no-save --no-restore --slave
filetest $LATEXFILE && pdflatex $LATEXFILE
filetest $PDFFILE && acroread 

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