[ESS] remote R

Kasper Daniel Hansen khansen at stat.berkeley.edu
Thu Dec 17 23:25:39 CET 2009

An additional problem with ess-remote (in my limited testing), R-devel and the help system: I do not see the
  .help.ESS <- help
that I am used to seeing when I start R-devel locally, when I use ess-remote (but it does set 


On Dec 17, 2009, at 15:00 PM, Kasper Daniel Hansen wrote:

> I am in the situation where I frequently will be starting a remote R on a cluster.  In order to start an interactive session (under the sun grid engine), I do
>  ssh SERVER
>  qrsh
>  R-devel
> The recommended way in the ESS manual is to use ess-remote, which - assuming I have installed ssh.el - consists of
>  M-x ssh
>    write SERVER
>  in the shh buffer, do qrsh, followed by R-devel
>  Mx ess-remote
> I want to streamline this, particular I would like to have a command like R-devel-cluster that I can run using M-x.  And I would also like to have a sensible renaming of the buffer.  For now, I would like to explore the possibility of having an Emacs function that does the above.
> I am guessing that some people on this list have come at least partway to this goal, and I would like to get some suggestions.  My pseudo-doe would be something like
> (ssh "SERVER")
> (send shell command to the ssh-buffer)
> (ess-remote)
> An immediate problem I had when looking at ssh.el is that I could not find a function that does (2) above: essentially runs a given shell command in the ssh buffer.
> Two asides
> 1) Is ssh.el really the current recommended way to open an ssh connection? I am amazed that there is not something bundled with Emacs 23 that does this.
> 2) I tried another approach: making a shell script that ssh, qrsh and runs R-devel.  That way I can do this in a terminal and I can also do this from within Emacs.  Unfortunately C-c C-c does not really work (it quits R) and I cannot get the help display to work.
> Thanks
> Kasper
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