Emacs & ESS under Windows

Rodney Sparapani rsparapa at post.its.mcw.edu
Tue Mar 6 22:04:44 CET 2001


There's no doubt.  runemacs.exe is the executable to use for both emacs for 
Windows and xemacs for Windows.  I'd like to add that I use both, but it can be 
very frustrating due to unnecessary built-in incompatibilities.  I'd say that 
the real "schism" is between the FSF emacs developers and the xemacs developers 
rather than among ESS developers.  It's gotten to the point where you've got two 
nearly proprietary systems in what is supposed to be a free- and open-source 

By the way, there have been some questions about xemacs for Windows.  I have 
tried the latest binary kit w/o Cygwin (I have Cygwin installed, but I'm not 
using xemacs that way).  And, I found that it does work, but you can run into 
trouble if you have anti-virus software running (to a certain extent this is 
also true of FSF emacs).  If that is not your problem, then be aware that a new 
release of xemacs will be rolled out this month.


>To: Rich Heiberger <rmh at surfer.sbm.temple.edu>
>Cc: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch, Emmanuel Paradis <paradis at isem.univ-montp2.fr>, 
ESS-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
>Subject: Re: Emacs & ESS under Windows
>From: rossini at blindglobe.net (A.J. Rossini)
>Date: 06 Mar 2001 12:48:57 -0800
>User-Agent: Gnus/5.0808 (Gnus v5.8.8) XEmacs/21.1 (Cuyahoga Valley)
>MIME-Version: 1.0
>>>>>> "RH" == Rich Heiberger <rmh at surfer.sbm.temple.edu> writes:
>    RH> This is a nice desription.  There are a few small changes I
>    RH> would like to see.  The DOS window you get when starting R
>    RH> shouldn't be there.  I haven't Yet figured out why it is there
>    RH> for you.
>I think it's related to the Emacs issue below?
>    RH> Your are referencing the "Emacs" shortcut.  Don't use it.  It
>    RH> is better to use the "Runemacs" shortcut.  Reason: runemacs
>    RH> avoids the DOS box when starting emacs.  I copy the runemacs
>    RH> shortcut to my Desktop and to my startup.  That way emacs is
>    RH> always running and I don't have to do anything but turn the
>    RH> machine on.
>Could someone verify?
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