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

Steve Lianoglou mailinglist.honeypot at gmail.com
Fri May 15 23:17:52 CEST 2009


I'm not sure either, but I don't think it'd be all that trivial to  
port over the editor if it's cocoa based.

If for some reason your emacs/ess issues don't get solved and you're  
looking for an editor/R combo, perhaps taking a look at Eclipse with  
the StatET[1] plugin might be a better option than trying to compile  
your own editor together :-)


[1] StatET: http://www.walware.de/goto/statet

On May 15, 2009, at 4:50 PM, Rob Goedman wrote:

> Paul,
> 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.
> Rob
> 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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>> University of Kansas
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Steve Lianoglou
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