minimial Xemacs for ESS?

A.J. Rossini rossini at
Fri Oct 11 15:57:37 CEST 2002

>>>>> "john" == John Fox <jfox at> writes:

    john> I recently installed ESS along with XEmacs on a Windows 2000 PC,
    john> primarily for use with R. I had some previous, but not extensive,
    john> experience with emacs under Unix/Linux.

    john> I was able to get everything working fine, but have the following
    john> question, which will have particular relevance for my students: What
    john> constitutes a minimal installation of XEmacs for use with ESS? XEmacs
    john> by default installs with a very large number of packages -- which are
    john> essential?

This is difficult.  There are many modes that they don't need;
however, some are potentially useful: ediff (2 and 3-way file
comparison and merging), vc (but only if you introduce CVS or RCS),
shell mode (sh-mode), comint (needed for ESS), dired (filebrowser),
edit-utils (basic stuff), efs or tramp (remote file access),
fsf-compat, speedbar, ecb (these are "IDE" editing tools which may be

Are they doing any HTML/XML work?  There is a whole slew of tools for
XEmacs for this.

Some aren't in the emacs package system, though -- if running under
a unix-style OS (i.e. Linux), x-symbol and preview-latex are steps
towards making LaTeX WYSIWYG.

    john> I'd also be interested in learning which packages are useful for
    john> editing ascii and latex files.

for ascii, you might consider text-mode or fundamental-mode; the
advantage of text mode is that it handles indentation via the TAB key
a bit nicer.

See my earlier response for LaTeX modes, and add x-symbol (external

A.J. Rossini				Rsrch. Asst. Prof. of Biostatistics
U. of Washington Biostatistics		rossini at	
FHCRC/SCHARP/HIV Vaccine Trials Net	rossini at
-------------- ----------------
FHCRC: M: 206-667-7025 (fax=4812)|Voicemail is pretty sketchy/use Email
UW:   Th: 206-543-1044 (fax=3286)|Change last 4 digits of phone to FAX
(my tuesday/wednesday/friday locations are completely unpredictable.)

ess-help mailing list -- To (un)subscribe, send
subscribe	or	unsubscribe
(in the "body", not the subject !)  To: ess-help-request at

More information about the ESS-help mailing list