summary - V5.2.0 void-function executable-find "acroread" error on XP

john.gavin at john.gavin at
Tue Jun 29 12:28:10 CEST 2004


Fyi, I recently upgraded from ESS 5.2.0 to 5.2.1 
but encountered an error at startup 
which Stephen kindly helped me solve.
Here is a summary, in case others encounter it.

The error is the message 

"Symbol's function definition is void: executable-find"

and the problem seems to come from

essa-sas.el:98:    (setq ess-tmp-file (executable-find "acroread"))

The fix is to put 

(require 'executable)

in my .init.el file (XEmacs) before (require 'ess-site).

A reference on this thread is at

I am on Windows XP, XEmacs 21.4, ESS 5.2.1.

Thanks to Stephen for his time.



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