[ESS] iESS for SAS - getting started

Erik Iverson iverson at biostat.wisc.edu
Fri Jan 30 14:31:57 CET 2009


Section 10.7 of the ESS manual then goes on to state, "iESS[SAS] (interactive 
SAS) does not work on Windows. In order to run SAS inside an emacs buffer, it is 
necessary to start SAS with the -stdio option. SAS does not support the -stdio 
option on Windows."

Anna Larbalestier wrote:
> Hi
> I've just installed ESS onto my Windows XP machine at work, hoping to be 
> able to use emacs to edit my SAS programs and run them interactively.  
> I've taken the most up to date download from http://ess.r-project.org/.
> When I start up emacs I have the ESS buffer listed.  However, I'm 
> struggling to understand how I actually run SAS programs in it.  I 
> realise this is a really basic question, but having read the ess.pdf 
> file I have come to the conclusion that I must be missing something 
> fundamental and obvious, but I would be very grateful if someone could 
> help me out.
> I want to use the editor interactively rather than submitting in batch.  
> The instructions say "To start up iESS[SAS] mode, use: M-x SAS".  When I 
> try this, I get the error message "Spawning child process: invalid 
> argument".
> Thanks in advance
> Anna (an ESS novice)
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