ESS Installation on Windows NT (Xemacs)

Rodney Sparapani rsparapa at
Tue Dec 12 20:45:54 CET 2000

I'm going to quote Rich's recent instructions on installing under 
Windows. I have seen some strangeness with respect to Xemacs and I can't 
recommend it: YMMV.

The trick for running ESS on a pc is that you don't compile it.
just start using it.  On emacs on the PC (and I assume on xemacs)
all you do is add one line to the .emacs file and the installation is

Here is the relevant information from the ESS 5.18 README.SPLUS4WIN file.


The easiest way to install ESS on Windows machines is to place the
unzipped directory tree on the machine in, for specificity,
Then add the following line to your ~/_emacs (or ~/.emacs) file:
  (load-file "c:/emacs/ess-5.1.18/lisp/ess-site.el")

repeat: do not run makefile on a PC!
these instructions were revised in ESS 5.1.18.  the older instructions
were less clear.

Kaspar Pflugshaupt wrote:

> Hello,
> I've just installed Xemacs (current version) under Win NT 4.0, and I would
> like to install ESS (in fact, that was my whole purpose of getting Xemacs).
> The installation instructions (in the README file) tell me to use make; make
> install. Does this mean that I have to install all the GNU utilities first?
> Or is there another way (such as copying the files by hand into the
> xemacs.packages directory)? I'd rather get by without more installations
> than necessary (and setting of PATHs or the like... I don't mind these under
> Linux, but I'd rather leave NT alone).
> What would be the "least painful" way of getting ESS installed on my system?
> Cheers & thanks for any advice
> Kaspar Pflugshaupt

Rodney Sparapani, Sr. Biostatistician
Patient Care & Outcomes Research
Medical College of WI, Milwaukee
mailto:rsparapa at

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