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

Rob Goedman robjgoedman at me.com
Fri May 15 22:50:16 CEST 2009


Hopefully someone with knowledge of Emacs & ESS & R on Linux will help  
you first!

I would guess recompiling just the Editor is virtually impossible.  
R.app, in which the Editor is embedded, is Cocoa based. It would be a  
major undertaking to port R.app or at least major parts of it (and  
subsequent maintenance). E.g. http://www.gnu.org/software/gnustep/resources/BookClarifications.html 
  talks about some of the issues.
And there is a 3rd edition of the Hillegass book.

If the Emacs/ESS issues absolutely cannot be resolved, maybe a more  
feasible/easier route would be to use tcl/tk, like John Fox has done  
in Rcmdr. Maybe start-off with something like MetPad? Not simple  
either, but doable.


On May 15, 2009, at 12:59 PM, Paul Johnson wrote:

> 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.
> pj
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