[R] R, Cygwin, & Vi
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jan 31 17:05:55 CET 2011
We need to know much more (see the posting guide)
- What version of R? Did you update recently?
- Are you running a Windows build of R, or did you compile your own
from the sources as a Cygwin build?
On Mon, 31 Jan 2011, beehatch wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been a happy user of R under cygwin for a number of years now. I
> prefer the bash interface and readline history, and I find Vi to be the
> most efficient editor.
But I think you actually mean vim, a vi clone!
> Recently, the edit command has started giving me errors:
> Error in edit(name, file, title, editor) : unable to run editor 'vi'
> Vi works from bash shell and is in the path. 'vi' is a symbolic link to
> the executable, so I tried specifying the full path using
Hmm, this suggests that you are running a Windows version of R: that
is not supposed to be able to run 'symbolic links' (which are not even
a Windows concept, and are part of the Cygwin emulation layer), and
AFAIK never have. I guess it was Cygwin that changed recently ....
> Warning message:
> In edit(name, file, title, editor) : editor ran but returned error
Which is only a warning! Windows executables quite often do not follow
the POSIX rules for return values, but Cygwin ones should.
> I've tried changing to another editor (ultraedit) and that works, but I'd
> like to get Vi working again. Any suggestions for troubleshooting would
> be appreciated.
> Thanks in advance
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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