[ESS] Windows Vista and Emacs/ESS

Paul Johnson pauljohn32 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 02:01:32 CET 2009

I told my students that it was easiest to install the Emacs for
windows that already has ESS in it.  I mean the one that Vincent
Goulet provides


Today a student came in with a Laptop that had this strange operating
system called "Windows Vista" :)

When he starts emacs and opens an R file, and then clicks on R to
start R, a window pops up asking him to choose a directory for data.
no matter what we do with that GUI, no matter what directory we pick,
the window does not respond. Keep clicking OK forever, nothing

It is lucky for us that I'm old school, and showed him the old M-x R
trick, and within Emacs itself we could set a working directory.

Have you seen this problem?

Until now, I have studiously avoided any Vista and I've tried to
actually maintain a pure Linux frame of mind.  But these students keep
buying hardware in the marketplace and there's nothing I can see to
stop them :(


Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 504
University of Kansas

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