[R-SIG-Mac] OS sees R but Emacs - ESS doesn't

Steve Lianoglou mailinglist.honeypot at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 15:27:29 CEST 2011

Hi Ross,

On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 6:36 PM,  <Ross.Darnell at csiro.au> wrote:
> I would appreciate help with this problem between Enacs-ESS and R. It's a little off topic.
> I am  newbie to Mac OSX and I appear to have lost the connection between ESS and R.  ESS cannot find R. The OS knows where R is  but Emacs-ESS doesn't.  I did have it working initially but must have altered something to   break it.  I am using Vincent Goulet 's build of Emacs/ESS/Auctex.

Can you clarify a bit about what you mean when you say "emacs can't
find R" -- how does this happen? When does this happen.

Are yo saying that starting R doesn't work from within emacs, eg: `M-x
R` doesn't work for you?

>From what you are saying, it sounds like a PATH problem ... are you
using a "normal" os-x install of R? If you open a terminal and type
`which R` is it in /usr/bin?

Now from inside emacs, is that location that R is in (here /usr/bin)
found in the PATH that emacs sees? If you do:

M-: (getenv "PATH")

Do you use the appropriate directory where R is in listed in the PATH
that emacs just returned in your minibuffer?


Steve Lianoglou
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 | Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
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