how to 'block' the prompt

Martin Maechler maechler at
Thu Aug 19 10:14:33 CEST 2004

>>>>> "tony" == A J Rossini <rossini at>
>>>>>     on Wed, 18 Aug 2004 19:11:42 -0700 writes:

    tony> XEmacs does the "right" thing -- the prompt issue is one
    tony> incompatibility that we definitely need to fix (have either of you
    tony> noticed it, Stephen or Martin?)

I can confirm it. "Notice" is too hard a word, since I've used
ESS so long and my finger and eyes probably automatically always
work around it :-)


    tony> Sebastian Luque <sluque at> writes:

    >> Dear List,
    >> I haven't found help in the documentation or in ESS archives regarding the 
    >> following. I'd like to be able to have the R prompt be unerasable while 
    >> working on Emacs (21.3.1) + ESS (5.2.2) (Debian Linux). Sometimes I 
    >> accidentally erase the prompt and I'm forced to press <return> to get it back 
    >> and keep typing commands. In other words, I would like to have a prompt that 
    >> behaves like that from R when it's run in a shell. I'm not sure this is 
    >> something that is controlled from ESS, or from some other Emacs setting, as 
    >> I've seen similar behaviour when running eshell, for instance.
    >> If this can be configured somehow, can one still select the prompt for 
    >> copying/pasting into other buffers?
    >> Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    >> Best
    >> Sebastian
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