[R] installing R on Ubuntu
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Feb 8 20:51:28 CET 2009
On Sun, 8 Feb 2009, Paul Heinrich Dietrich wrote:
> I would really like to see a good introduction to Emacs, and will check out
> that link. I know that Emacs and ESS are supposed to be the best, and are
> the most customizable. The reason I put the R Commander GUI instead of
> Emacs/ESS is because in my first attempt to get R on Ubuntu Linux, I did
> successfully get Emacs/ESS working (sadly, I don't remember how exactly),
> but found it too frustrating. Again, I'm sure it's the best in the end, but
> here's what was driving me nuts:
> Copy/Paste is not Ctrl-c and Ctrl-v...I figured it out, but don't remember
> what it is.
That's optional -- you can set CUA if you like that (an item on the
Options menu, at least in the Emacs version I looked at). But on an
X11 interface, selecting copies and right-click pastes. (Beware, your
Windows Manager may also have a separate clipboard.)
> Entering a _ automatically creates a <-, and you must enter __ to get _.
That's optional (and I realy think should be off by default now _ as
an addignment operator is ancient history). Add
to your .emacs.
> There is no "stop" button (hopefully there is one in R Commander, haven't
> explored yet).
You'll soon find that buttons are slow compared to keystrokes.
> It kept trying to establish a working directory, and was inconsistent in
> when it would accept what directory.
'It' being ESS, I guess, There is an ess-help list on which to
discuss what you mean there.
> I was also looking at the JGS GUI. Online screenshots look incredible, but
> I didn't go with it because it depends on Java, which is not open-source,
> and I'm really liking that philosophy, but to each his own.
I presume you mwan JGR. Lots of Java is Open Source, and I beieve JGR
may run under OpenJDK.
> Thanks for the link, I'm anxious to try to figure out Emacs/ESS. I'll go
> look at it now. Cheers.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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