Configuration help for R with ESS+XEmacs under windows xp with John Fox's instructions

John Fox jfox at
Tue Dec 17 20:54:40 CET 2002

Dear Zhu Wang:

At 11:43 AM 12/17/2002 -0600, you wrote:
>Dear John,
>Thanks for your reply. Can you kindly forward the newer instructions to
>me? I could not find them somehow.

The instructions are at 

>I have put icon files in the toolbar directory as suggested.

I'm not sure why they aren't being found.

>  I am
>confused since there are two init.el, one is in c\.xemacs C:\Documents

"c\.xemacs C:\Documents" isn't a proper path; perhaps you mean 

>and another one is in Settings\Default\.xemacs.

Check where your home directory is (enter the command "set HOME" in a 
command-prompt window); .xemacs\init.el should be in the home directory.

I hope that this helps,

>Sorry for the typo in my last email.
>Zhu Wang
>Statistical Science Department
>Southern Methodist University
>3225 Daniel Avenue, Heroy 123
>Dallas, TX 75275
>Tel:  (214)768-2453
>Fax: (214)768-4035
>-----Original Message-----
>From: John Fox [mailto:jfox at]
>Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 7:49 PM
>To: zhuw at
>Cc: ess-help at
>Subject: Re: Configuration help for R with ESS+XEmacs under windows xp
>with John Fox's instructions
>Dear Zhu Wang,
>At 06:32 PM 12/16/2002 -0600, zhu wang wrote:
> >Dear ESS list members,
> >
> >I think I have followed John Fox's instructions for configuration. But
> >still have a problem. If I follow the step 5 to "specify a Start in
> >directory for XEmacs on the Shortcut tab", say, c:\temp, then I have
> >following result:
>In the most recent instructions that I posted, this is step 7. Maybe the
>newer instructions will prove clearer.
> >(1) (initialization/error) An error has occurred while loading
> >c:\Documents and Settings\Default\.xemacs\init.el:
> >
>I guess that HOMEDRIVE, HOMEPATH are pointing to c:\Documents and
>Settings\Default\. Is that right? Did you put init.el there?
> >If I don't specify a Start in directory for XEmacs, it seems OK except
> >for that there are no clear indications for the six icons rather that
> >six icons showing "open" if I open XEmacs from "Start-Program-XEmacs".
> >If I double click the XEmacs icon from the desktop, I will have error
>This implies that the icon files weren't found. Did you put them in the
>toolbar directory as suggested?
> >(1) (initialization/error) An error has occurred while loading
> >c:\Documents and Settings\Default\.xemacs\init.el:
> >
> >Timeout waiting for prompt. Check inferior-ess-prompt or
> >ess-loop-timeout.
>See section 3.1 on trouble-shooting; you can also try adjusting the
>configuration settings near the beginning of the init.el file
>are in the file).
> >No help would be appreciated.
>I hope that this helps,
>   John
>John Fox
>Department of Sociology
>McMaster University
>Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M4
>email: jfox at
>phone: 905-525-9140x23604
>ESS-help at mailing list

John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M4
email: jfox at
phone: 905-525-9140x23604

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