[ESS] Only interested in fontification

Kasper Daniel Hansen khansen at stat.berkeley.edu
Fri Jun 5 19:48:42 CEST 2009

Byte-compile all your files, including for example the ess files. I  
don't know how you have installed stuff, but you can do something like  
this (from the command line), to do it for all elisp files in a  

# emacs -batch -f batch-byte-compile *.el

There is also code on the web for doing this automatically, as in  
   if if *.el is newer than *.elc do
     byte-compile *.el

If you are using Emacs 23 you could also look into running a daemon,  
but I have no experience doing that.


On Jun 5, 2009, at 10:30 , Marc Schwartz wrote:

> On Jun 5, 2009, at 11:57 AM, Daniel Muenz wrote:
>> Hi, I'm wondering if there's a way to only use the syntax  
>> highlighting
>> aspects of ESS, and not load in any other features?  I want Emacs to
>> highlight/fontify/colorize keywords and the like, but I don't want  
>> to be
>> able to submit the code through Emacs.
>> I'm hoping that by not loading all the extra features, I can get  
>> Emacs to
>> load a bit quicker.
>> Thanks for any help,
>> Daniel
> You must have other stuff getting loaded in your .emacs file  
> resulting in the delay.
> On OSX using Emacs 23, from the time that I click the icon on the  
> dock until the scratch buffer is open and ready for editing, it  
> takes about 3 seconds and I have a fair amount of stuff besides ESS  
> being loaded. It's about the same amount of time if I click on a .R  
> file in Finder to open it for editing.
> I would look to see what else is getting loaded at startup. You  
> could also put your .emacs files someplace where folks can perhaps  
> look at it to provide some additional insight. Also, let us know  
> what OS and what version of Emacs.
> HTH,
> Marc Schwartz
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