Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Tue Jan 15 09:45:44 CET 2008

>>>>> "GS" == Gavin Simpson <gavin.simpson at ucl.ac.uk>
>>>>>     on Tue, 15 Jan 2008 08:31:45 +0000 writes:

    GS> Hi John, I've used Emacs + ESS under Fedora since Core 1
    GS> and the easiest way I found to install it was to follow
    GS> the instructions on the ESS web-page.  This had the
    GS> downside of actively having to be involved with updating
    GS> to later versions of ESS, so it was a nice surprise to
    GS> find that ESS is available in Fedora 

only for about a week now....
I had been told (by Alex Lancaster, the Fedora-maintainer of its
ESS package) that it was only for Fedora-devel; maybe my
For that reason I had only updated the web page
without making a "big" announcement 
[ which would have been to the ESS-help mailing list,
    --> https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/ess-help
 not to R-help anyway. ]

Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich

    GS> and can be
    GS> installed by yum or Pirut (the strange front end for
    GS> package management in Fedora).

    GS> The package you want is emacs-ess (byte compiled files
    GS> to run ESS), and there is emacs-ess-el (for the ESS
    GS> elisp sources) if you need it.

    GS> The easiest way to install it is to open a terminal and
    GS> type:

    GS> su -c "yum install emacs-ess"

    GS> and enter the root password when prompted.

    GS> In the main I am very happy with Emacs + ESS in Fedora,
    GS> but the one niggle in my day-to-day use is that "it" is
    GS> slow when sourcing code from a buffer to the R
    GS> buffer. IIRC this has something to do with the code
    GS> highlighting in the R buffer as turning this off sped
    GS> things up.

I think this would make an interesting topic,
... on ESS-help.

    GS> HTH

    GS> G

    GS> On Mon, 2008-01-14 at 23:18 -0500, John Sorkin wrote:
    >> Fedora Linux 8 R 2.6.1 Intel CPU
    >> I am trying to get started with R under Linux. It has
    >> been suggested to me that I run R under EMACS. I have
    >> looked at the CRAN website, and several other places to
    >> try to find an RPM for EMACS and, if I need it for ESS. I
    >> have not succeeded in finding one. Can someone tell me
    >> where to go to get the RPMs? If anyone would have a
    >> suggestion for an editor other than EMACS to use with R,
    >> I would appreciate any suggestions.  Thanks, John
    >> John Sorkin M.D., Ph.D.  Chief, Biostatistics and
    >> Informatics University of Maryland School of Medicine
    >> Division of Gerontology Baltimore VA Medical Center 10
    >> North Greene Street GRECC (BT/18/GR) Baltimore, MD
    >> 21201-1524 (Phone) 410-605-7119 (Fax) 410-605-7913
    >> (Please call phone number above prior to faxing)

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