[ESS] Using ssh from within emacs 22 to connect to another computer and run ess-remote

Kasper Daniel Hansen khansen at stat.berkeley.edu
Wed Aug 27 18:53:56 CEST 2008

I may be completely outdated, but this is what I do.

Start a shell inside Emacs (M-x shell ). Switch to shell process and  
ssh to the appropriate server. Start R. Now execute ess-remote (M-x  
ess-remote). This tells Emacs/ESS that the shell process is really  
just an R process. You now have R running.

Only caveat was that last time I used it (and that is some time ago),  
sometimes C-c C-c would stop the ssh connection instead of just  
stopping R.


On Aug 27, 2008, at 8:23 AM, Douglas Bates wrote:

> I have now spent several hours trying to find out how to do something
> that I feel should have taken me just a few minutes and I still have
> no idea how to accomplish this.
> My computer at work is quarantined behind a firewall because I run
> Ubuntu on it and not the approved and supported version of RHEL 5.
> The only way I can connect to other computers inside the department is
> through ssh and preferably with kerberos authentication.  If I want to
> connect from a terminal I should run
> ssh -K -Y desk00.stat.wisc.edu
> Emacs 22 for Ubuntu has tramp and telnet as part of the system and the
> tramp documentation tells you all about connections with ssh to edit
> files on remote machines.  Similarly ESS describes using ess-remote.
> However, I feel that I am missing out on something terribly obvious
> because after a few hours of reading documentation and source code I
> still have not found out what I can do to create an ssh connection to
> another machine.
> The ESS documentation lists an ftp site for an ancient elisp file
> ssh.el but I can't believe that this is a) necessary and b) up to date
> with current capabilities in telnet.el and tramp.el.  Is it really
> true that the only way to get an ssh connection to a remote machine
> from within emacs 22 is to load a 10-year old elisp file?  It is
> bizarre that there is a supported telnet function and no supported ssh
> function.
> I feel like a new R user who is convinced that you can do something in
> R but just cannot find the necessary function to accomplish it.
> Is it as simple as modifying the variable telnet-host-properties?  The
> documentation seems to indicate that I could somehow define an
> "element" of that variable but in that grand elisp tradition there is
> absolutely no indication of how I would do that.
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