[ESS] Is ess supposed to help with Sweave documents?

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Wed Oct 27 21:00:43 CEST 2004

On Wed, 27 Oct 2004, Paul Johnson wrote:

> I was just learning how to do Sweave documents with Emacs & R.  I did not 
> find a simple 1-2-3 explanation of how this is supposed to go.
> It seems downright awkward. Am I doing this right?
> Open doc.Snw in emacs, fiddle that and save it, then do
> M-x R
> to start R,  then in the R session
>> Sweave("doc.Snw")
> it says the tex file is ready for latex, so in emacs I  open "doc.tex" and 
> run latex on that. If "doc.tex" is already open, I have to revert buffer, 
> then run latex on that.  Several times I accidentally edited the tex file, 
> when I should have been editing the Snw file.

I don't think you should open doc.tex -- since it is not intended to be 
edited, Emacs should be kept well away from it.

There seem to be two straightforward ways to work
  - invoke latex from within R
     system("latex doc.tex")
  which could easily be automated into a single function (or even done by 

  - write a Makefile (which seems to be the popular approach), so you can
    just do
       make doc.pdf

The following is then a useful shell script to run Sweave
echo "library(tools);Sweave('"$1"')" | R --vanilla --silent


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