AW: [R] best editor for .R files

"Unternährer Thomas, uth" uth at
Fri Nov 21 10:58:16 CET 2003


The best is definitively (X)Emacs (my opinion).

For Windows have a look at (GNU Emacs):

And for XEmacs with Cygwin (XEmacs, Latex, ..., for Ess simple save (require 'ess-site) in your init.el):

For native Xemacs for Windows:

Xemacs is easy to install, use and configure (more easy than the GNU-Version).

Under Linux both comes with the most distributions (I use both under SuSE 8.2).



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Von: Angel [mailto:angel_lul at] 
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 20. November 2003 22:27
An: r-help at
Betreff: [R] best editor for .R files

Which is the best editor for .R files?

I currently use kate on my linux as it has R highlighting and allows me to split the window into two: in one I edit the .R file and in the other I have a shell so I run R and can easily  copy and paste the code. There are some features that I don't like and I am having a look on some alternatives. I've heard wonders of emacs with ess but I am a little bit frightened of the steep learning curve.

What do the R experts use or would recommend using?
Both linux and/or windows alternatives are welcomed.
I guess it would much depend on the particular needs/preferences of each user but I would like to know which are the most commonly used editors. Thanks, Angel

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