[R] best text editor for Linux?

Frank E Harrell Jr f.harrell at vanderbilt.edu
Sat Feb 2 15:21:24 CET 2008

Stefan Grosse wrote:
> On Saturday 02 February 2008 04:06:38 am Wade Wall wrote:
> WW> I know this question has been asked in the past, but I am wondering if
> WW> anyone running R on Linux has any guidance as to a text editor that works
> WW> well with R.  
> Beside the aforementioned emacs+ESS there exists another good editor. You 
> could use rkward which I would recommend over emacs if you are new to Linux:
> http://rkward.sourceforge.net/
> Fedora and Ubuntu both have rkward packaged in their repositories.

I have tried installing rkward on three different ubuntu systems and 
have never gotten past this error:

/usr/bin/rkward.bin: symbol lookup error: /usr/bin/rkward.bin: undefined 
symbol: R_LastvalueSymbol

Frank Harrell

> rkward look and feel is much closer to tinn-r (+ windows) world. 
> rkward has (in my opinion):
> - a better highlightning, 
> - multiple tabs, 
> - it has auto-completition (of functions and objects), 
> - copy paste works also with ctrl+c/ctrl+v (in emacs its different), 
> - some common functions are offered via the menu's (for the non-purists), 
> - html help is supported.
> - it allows editing data in a spreadsheet like environment
> - you can browse R objects
> (to avoid flaming: I know most of this is possible with emacs but maybe we 
> agree that it is for a beginner not that easy to learn/configure)
> I was quite impressed of the advances rkward made during the last time so I 
> switched 2 weeks ago from emacs to rkward...
> Cheers
> Stefan
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Frank E Harrell Jr   Professor and Chair           School of Medicine
                      Department of Biostatistics   Vanderbilt University

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