[ESS] new user questions: appending to transcripts and buffer management

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Sun Aug 15 21:13:54 CEST 2010

On Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 1:32 PM, Erik Iverson <eriki at ccbr.umn.edu> wrote:
> On 08/15/2010 01:22 PM, Charles C. Berry wrote:
>> On Sat, 14 Aug 2010, Andrei Jirnyi wrote:
>>> What I think would be quite useful to have is a command to select a
>>> block of
>>> text in the transcript buffer, and copy it to the clipboard in such a way
>>> that would (i) remove the command prompts; and (2) comment out all
>>> output.
>>> Also an option to select a region in the main ESS buffer, and copy it
>>> to the
>>> clipboard with the above done automatically, would save quite a bit of
>>> manual work, at least for me -- usually I want to have at least some
>>> of the
>>> output as comments in the code.
>> I hear you.
>> I use to work like that.
>> More recently I learned about org-babel:
>> http://orgmode.org/worg/org-contrib/babel/index.php
>> thanks to a posting by Eric Iverson pointing to his blog, I think. See
>> http://blogisticreflections.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/introduction-to-using-r-with-org-babel-part-1/
> Yes, that's mine.  I agree that org-mode is probably worth looking into to
> see
> if it works for you.  I'm about 95% done with an extended introduction
> to working with R source code in an org-mode buffer, which will have
> examples of all the things mentioned by Charles.  I will let you know
> when it is finalized.  The introduction is itself written in org-mode,
> so you can follow along to see its capabilities in an interactive
> document.

As Dave Balsinger once said, "Programmers spend 95% of their time
being '95% done'."

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