[R-SIG-Mac] Using R together with S+/R mode of AlphaX/Tk

Andreas Fischlin andreas.fischlin at env.ethz.ch
Sat Sep 12 14:32:52 CEST 2009

Dear Stefano,

I'd like to bring to your attention that AlphaX can be easily used with 
R these days again. However, the information offered at


is quite outdated. Please fix the information offered there under point 
6.2 External editors as follows:

R accepts the Apple Event command open. This means than an external 
editor can communicate with R sending portions or entire scripts of R 
code to execute via files. This is the approach used by the S+/R mode in 
Alpha X (see 
http://alphatcl.sourceforge.net/wiki/pmwiki.php/Software/AlphaX). This 
mode is quite powerful and supports in a convenient manner the writing 
and execution of R scripts from within AlphaX. Moreover, the mode is 
written in Tcl, can therefore be easily extended.

Which AlphaX to use? It is recommended to use the latest beta 
development release of AlphaX, since it contains a well working S+/R 
mode. However, if you prefer to use one of the stable releases of AlphaX 
(version 8.0.2), you need first to install a small fix for the S+/R mode 
to interact properly with the current generation of the R software. The 
fix is available at
http://www.sysecol.ethz.ch/SimSoftware/SimSoftware2.html#S+R_Mode and 
hints on its use and installation are available at
I have omitted any html code from above text shown between two 
horizontal separating lines, i.e. I wrote it as it should appear. I hope 
you can modify the text on the web site accordingly.

Thanks for your help and cooperation.
Sincerely yours,
Andreas Fischlin

ETH Zurich
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fischlin
Systems Ecology - Institute of Integrative Biology
CHN E 21.1
Universitaetstrasse 16
8092 Zurich

andreas.fischlin at env.ethz.ch

+41 44 633-6090 phone
+41 44 633-1136 fax

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