minimial Xemacs for ESS?

John Fox jfox at
Fri Oct 11 05:55:44 CEST 2002

Dear Rich,

At 11:00 PM 10/10/2002 -0400, Rich Heiberger wrote:
>I use ordinary latex mode for latex.
>Fundamental mode is fine for ascii files.  But most likely you aren't
>editing undifferentiated ascii files.  For R you will be using .r and .rt
>.files and will want ESS.  For .tex files, emacs automatically puts them
>in tex-mode or latex-mode (depending on the absence or presence of
>a \documentstyle statement near the top).  Similarly most of your files
>are intended for a specific language or package and the mode that would be
>best is the one targeted for that language.

I'm not sure that I made the question clear: The full XEmacs installation 
includes 98 packages, ess among them. From the package names, it appears 
that I can't dispense with all of the other packages -- xemacs-base, for 
example. There are others that I'm quite sure that I don't need, such as 
ada. What is the minimal set of packages that I should install?

Thanks for your help,

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

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