[R] ess in Windows (newbie Q)

A.J. Rossini blindglobe at gmail.com
Tue Dec 7 11:24:40 CET 2004

The basic problem is that ESS is not being loaded.  To find the init
file, pull down the "Help" menu item and I believe that there is an
entry "Edit Init File" (or similar -- I don't have access to (X)Emacs
right now).

Alternatively, after starting Emacs, open up:


and put it there (it will select your home directory for you).

i.e. C-x C-f ~/.emacs

     M-x find-file <ret> ~/.emacs

Apologies for being pedantic, if that happens to be the case.


On Tue, 07 Dec 2004 00:18:59 -0500, Murray Eisenberg
<murray at math.umass.edu> wrote:
> I'm a rank beginner with R, and I'm stumped at how to get it to work
> with Xemacs under Windows XP. I'm afraid there are some VERY basic
> questions I have here.  Yes, I did read
> http://ess.r-project.org/Manual/readme.html.
> Both R and Xemacs are installed and working.  The current ess files are
> installed in a subdirectory of my Xemacs directory.  I added the R bin
> directory to my Windows PATH environment variable.
> But when I start Xemacs and then give command
>   M-x-R
> what I see in the mini-buffer is
>   M-x-Rd-
> and it's waiting for more input.
> So what could be wrong?  ....
> 1. Where might I find or should I put the requisite Xemacs init.el, in
> which I'm supposed to enter a line of the form
>   (load "/PATH/ess-site")
> to point to the ess location?  I found no such file anywhere on my
> system, so I created one in each of the _two_ HOME directories I have --
> one pointed to by the enviroment system variable HOME and the other
> pointed to by the user environment variable HOME (which seem to be
> different -- I don't recall whether that happened automatically when I
> installed Singular or whether I did it manually).
> 2. And what should that file actually be called?  The ess docs say it
> should be %HOME%/.xemacs/init.el for Xemacs, but they also say to put it
> in the .emacs (or _emacs) file or default.el or site-init.el.
> I'm using "init.el".
> 3. Did I get the form of that line correct for init.el (or whatever it
> should actually be named)?  My file ess-site.el is in
>     D:\WP\XEmacs\ess-5.2.3\lisp
> so the line I actually put into default.el is:
>   (load "/D:/WP/XEmacs/ess-5.2.3/lisp/ess-site")
> 4.  Anything else I should check or do to proceed?
> --
> Murray Eisenberg                     murray at math.umass.edu
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