[R-SIG-Mac] Linux user asks: What about that Editor you have built-in. Can we compile it too?

Paul Johnson pauljohn32 at gmail.com
Fri May 15 21:59:51 CEST 2009

I use Linux only and have been teaching students with Emacs & ESS.
Lately, we've had some troubles with that combination that are not
solved, and it has caused me to look about for alternatives.

One of my students has a Macintosh and he showed me that the R that he
installed came with an editor that does what we need. The
command-shift sends lines over.

So I started to wonder: why can't we compile that Editor in Linux?  If
a Mac is really BSD Unix with a layer of libraries, it should be
possible.  There are GNUstep libraries to duplicate much of the
NextStep framework, but I have not studied enough on current Mac
systems to know how close we might be to building the Mac R editor
along with R itself.

I've been Googling and searching in this lists archive and don't find
much discussion on this.  If anybody has ideas about whether this is
possible, please advise.

Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 504
University of Kansas

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