[ESS] Object name completion slow

Henrik Andersson h.andersson at nioo.knaw.nl
Tue Nov 30 09:13:03 CET 2004

I have Emacs- (from http://nqmacs.sourceforge.net/) +
ESS 5.2.3 running on Windows XP and object completion is so slow that I 
go for a coffee the when I press TAB the first time after starting Emacs 
+ ESS to complete an object name. (Perhaps I should never turn the thing 

I had Xemacs running earlier and then object completion was much quicker 
and actually saved time :) (replaced with GNU Emacs for various reasons)

I am very fond of ESS and if someone with more knowledge could figure 
out the reason behind this slow behavior that would be super.

Cheers, Henrik

platform i386-pc-mingw32
arch     i386
os       mingw32
system   i386, mingw32
major    2
minor    0.0
year     2004
month    10
day      04
language R

A.J. Rossini wrote:
> You might try a modern ESS to go with the modern Emacs and R that you
> are running.  It's not the best sense to use tools developed more than
> 5 years apart (current version of ESS is 5.2.3; 5.2.0 was released
> around Jan/Feb 1998).
> I think we improved a few things since then, but it would be nice to
> know if not.
> best,
> -tony
> On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 17:26:53 +0100, Offenthaler Ivo
> <ivo.offenthaler at umweltbundesamt.at> wrote:
>>Hello all,
>>name completion (TAB or C-c TAB) for R objects is _quite_ slow and the name
>>database (?) seems to be rebuilt during the same session (ess-5.2.0, GNU
>>Emacs 21.3.1, R 1.9.1, Win32) - any hints appreciated!
>>ESS-help at stat.math.ethz.ch mailing list

Henrik Andersson
Netherlands Institute of Ecology -
Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology
P.O. Box 140
4400 AC Yerseke
Phone: +31 113 577473
h.andersson at nioo.knaw.nl

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