[ESS] recognizing R-alpha with ESS

Mark W Kimpel mwkimpel at gmail.com
Fri Mar 28 00:04:50 CET 2008

Okay guys, I decided to start from scratch, simplify my setup, and see 
if that worked. It didn't. Here is want I did:

1. uninstalled Ubuntu emacs and all related files
2. uninstalled emacs 22.1 and ess-5.3.5
3. uninstalled R-alpha and its tar source
4. took everything out of my .emacs that did not have to be there to 
address my current problem.
4. installed emacs-22.2 from new source (gtk not working BTW)
5. installed ess-5.3.6 from new source
6. installed R-alpha from new tar file and place symlink into my ~/bin
7. tested emacs-22.2 and ess-5.3.6 with R-2.6.1.
8. invoked both R-2.6.1 and R-alpha from my home directory
8. checked to make sure ~/bin is on both my PATH and exec-path

Still can only invoke R-2.6.1 from ESS. My simplified .emacs follows below.

Also, anyone know how to get my GTK bindings working with the above 
described setup? Ubuntu has a special emacs-gtk, but I never needed this 
when I used to use openSuse.

; .emacs
;;to initiate ess load
(load "/home/mkimpel/src/ess-5.3.6/lisp/ess-site")
(require 'ess-eldoc)

;; to get ESS to recognize various R versions on path, from Martin 
Maechler: maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
;;; R-patched and R-devel are now autocreated from ESS :
;; but these are not :

(setq ess-r-versions '("R-1" "R-2" "R-devel" "R-alpha"))

(defun R-beta (&optional start-args)
   "Call the current beta version of R (using ESS)."
   (interactive "P") (let ((inferior-R-program-name "R-beta")) (R 
(defun R-alpha (&optional start-args)
   "Call the current alpha version of R (using ESS)."
   (interactive "P") (let ((inferior-R-program-name "R-alpha")) (R 
(defun R-rc (&optional start-args)
   "Call the current rc (Release Candidate) version of R (using ESS)."
   (interactive "P") (let ((inferior-R-program-name "R-rc")) (R 
(defun R-pre-rel (&optional start-args)
   "Call the current Pre-rel(ease) version of R (using ESS)."
   (interactive "P") (let ((inferior-R-program-name "R-pre-rel")) (R 


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Stephen Eglen wrote:
>  > I did not have that particular line, but did not affect the behavior. 
>  > Attached is a screenshot of the pertinent portion of emacs and exec-path.
> your screenshot shows you have commas in the list -- that's a no no!
> (Did Emacs show an error  during startup?)
> you need
>> (setq ess-r-versions '("R-1" "R-2" "R-devel" "R-alpha"))

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