Emacs & ESS under Windows

John Maindonald john.maindonald at anu.edu.au
Mon Mar 19 22:38:14 CET 2001

It may be worth noting that, after installing a new version of R,
it pays to change the name of the directory from e.g. rw1022 to
r, or to some other name that will not change.  (The existing
directory might first be renamed to r.old .  For one thing, one
will probably want to copy across those libraries that are
compatible with the new version.)  

This avoids having to change the target fields in one's various icons
and anywhere else where it is needed, such as in David's path
statement below.

> From: david.beede at mail.doc.gov
> Subject: Re: Emacs & ESS under Windows
> To: Emmanuel Paradis <paradis at isem.univ-montp2.fr>
> Cc: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch, ESS-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 11:38:41 -0500
> Emmanuel --

> Thank you very much for your posting on setting up Emacs and ESS
> under Windows.  I had already set these up at work, but I used your
> instructions at home and they were very helpful.

> One thing that was not included in your instructions that might
> help: I found that I needed to add the path to the rterm.exe file to
> my autoexec.bat file.  In other words, if your path statement in
> your autoexec.bat file is :

> path=c:\windows;
> you may need to change it to:
> path=c:\windows;c:\rw1022\bin;

> In fact, I think the official Emacs instructions tell you to add
> c:\emacs-20.7\bin; to the path statement as well, which I did to my
> work machine but not to my home machine, with no apparent difference
> in function.  Note that if you don't add c:\rw1022\bin to your path
> statement, you get a message saying:
> "Searching for program, no such file or directory, Rterm."
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