[ESS] [R] getting ess/emacs to link with a remote instance of R

Mark W Kimpel mkimpel at iupui.edu
Tue Mar 20 22:50:35 CET 2007


Thank you for your response, every worked exactly as you described it, 
even the fact that ?help does not work very well with a remote session. 
I will probably open up a separate emacs window with a local R process 
to access help functions.

I didn't know about the ess-help, I had checked out emacs-help but, 
looking at an archive, it looked like it had very little activity over 
the past two years. Maybe I was mistaken?



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Seth Falcon wrote:
> Hi Mark,
> [I've cc'd the ess-help list and any further discussion should probably
> happen there with r-help removed]
> Mark W Kimpel <mkimpel at iupui.edu> writes:
>> I am running ess/emacs on Linux and have an R instance running on a 
>> remote Unix server. I would like to be able to direct input from my ess 
>> buffer to R (hope I am using the right lingo, I am new to emacs).
>> The ess manual contains a section describing how to do just that, but a 
>> prerequisite is to install a lisp file ssh.el , which can be found at 
>> ftp://ftp.splode.com/pub/users/friedman/emacs-lisp/ssh .
> In my experience, ssh.el doesn't do anything all that great.  Instead
> I would try:
> 1. Start a shell inside Emacs using 'M-x shell'.  In this shell, ssh
>    to your remote host and start R.
> 2. In the remote R session do: 'M-x ess-remote'.  At the Emacs
>    mini-buffer prompt type 'r'.
> 3. In a buffer containing R code, you should be able to send code to
>    the remote session as usual (choose the shell buffer when
>    prompted).
> Note:
>   * C-c C-c will kill your ssh session (and R).  IOW, you can't easily
>     interrupt an R process running remotely.
>   * I have never had success getting help to work via ESS when running
>     R remotely.  YMMV.
>   * You may find that sending commands to the remote session without
>     echoing is much faster.  So you might try C-u C-c C-r to send a
>     region.
> + seth

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