ESS on Panther

Rodney Sparapani rsparapa at
Mon Dec 15 16:47:25 CET 2003

> Hi -
> I upgraded to OS X 10.3 (Panther) and installed the carbon build of GNU
> Emacs from
> When I load it, attempting to initialize ESS in the normal way in my 
> .emacs
> -- (load "~/elisp/ess-5.1.24/lisp/ess-site") -- gives the following 
> error:
> An error has occurred while loading `/Users/kjhealy/.emacs':
> Invalid read syntax: ?
> Which is sadly not very informative to me :(
> Is this a known problem? Any ideas how to fix it?
> Thanks,
> Kieran


Not a known problem.  I'm using Jaguar, but I haven't heard of any 
problems with respect to Panther.  Two things to try besides Tony's 
advice.  The version of GNU Emacs that you are using is an older beta.  
A more recent beta version is  See for details.  Also, your version 
of ESS is a little dated.  We haven't released a gamma since then, but 
there is a more recent beta, 5.2.0beta3, at StatLib and the ESS web 
page at


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