ESS on Panther

Kieran Healy kjhealy at
Tue Dec 16 04:17:29 CET 2003

Hi again -

I didn't experience any problems with 5.2.0beta3 and the mindlube Emacs
21.3.50. Everything worked as expected Similarly no problems with Enrico
Franconi's just-released "Enhanced Carbon Emacs" binary
(, which is built
from a more recent CVS distribution. (Its enhancements are some
latex-friendly additions.)



On 12/16/03 2:47 AM, "Rodney Sparapani" <rsparapa at> wrote:

>> 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
> 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
> Rodney

Kieran Healy,
Assistant Professor, Sociology Dept, University of Arizona.
Research Fellow, SPT, RSSS, Australian National University.

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