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Thomas Lumley tlumley at
Wed Feb 6 18:40:18 CET 2002

On 6 Feb 2002, Lorenz Gygax wrote:

> Dear all,
> I would like to work with R using ESS. (Unfortunately?) I need to do this
> on a windows machine (Windows2000).

I have used the following instructions (specific to recent versions of
XEmacs) successfully in a couple of classes. We give people a CD-ROM with
the XEmacs and R installers and the unzipped ESS directory.

This is less elegant than setting the PATH, since you get the full path
name of R in your minibuffer after M-x R, but it works fairly painlessly
on multiple varieties of Windows.



  \bf Installing R and Xemacs

\item Run the program \texttt{SetupR.exe} on the CD-ROM
\item Run the program \texttt{Xemacs-21.4.3.exe} on the CD-ROM
\item Drag the \texttt{ess-5.1.19} folder from the CD-ROM to a suitable
place on your computer, eg \texttt{C:/ess}.
\item Start Xemacs, select Options|Edit Init File, and enter the two lines
(load "C:/ess/ess-5.1.19/lisp/ess-site")
(setq inferior-R-program-name "C:/PROGRA~1/R/rw1030/bin/Rterm")
\item Exit Xemacs

Now you can
\item run the GUI version of R from the desktop icon or from the start
\item run R under ESS by starting Xemacs and typing ALT-x R

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