ESS on Panther - success

John Maindonald john.maindonald at
Mon Dec 15 23:21:54 CET 2003

On 16/12/2003, at 8:40 AM, Rodney Sparapani wrote:

> On Monday, December 15, 2003, at 03:25 PM, John Maindonald wrote:
>> I seem not to have copied my earlier message to the list.  Has anyone
>> successfully used Andrew Choi's emacs with ESS under Panther?
>> My .emacs works fine with the crippled emacs that comes with Apple's
>> Xcode, but has the same problem as Kieran's with Andrew Choi's emacs.
>> Is the folllowing an issue? I quote from To quote from the README.txt
>> that came with Andrew Choi's emacs (21.3.50):
>> "
>> This version of Emacs doesn't see the expected shell environment
>> variables. Because it's launched by the Finder, not by another Unix
>> shell process. Mac OS X does have a way around this issue: and you can
>> set environment variables for all Finder launched processes, including
>> You create a file ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist which has an dictionary
>> of environment variables in it, then you must log in again for it to
>> take effect. Then Emacs will see those environment variables. In this
>> manner you could make see, for example, a different PATH
>> variable.
>> "
>> John Maindonald.
> John:
> I don't think this has anything to do with Panther per se.  The same 
> problem exists on Jaguar and
> I suppose the same solution would work there as well.  I use a 
> different approach since I use the
> Terminal for file handling rather than the Finder.  Create an alias:
> emacs='open /Applications/'
> However, neither of these approaches allow command line arguments.
> Rodney
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ess-5.2.0beta3 seems to work fine with Choi's emacs (21.3.50), though 
of course
it has not been much exercised.  I cannot find the later version of 
Choi's emacs.

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