[ESS] "Sorry, no version of R could be found on your system", for new version of R 2.12

spencerg spencer.graves at prodsyse.com
Sun Dec 19 11:50:41 CET 2010

1.  What do you get for "system.files()" from within R?  The first part 
should match what you have in site-start.el.  For example, I find the 


       site-start.el includes:

       (setq-default inferior-R-program-name

2.  If this fails to fix the problem, might you have more than one 
"(setq-default inferior-R-program-name ...)" statement in 
"site-start.el"?  I have only one.  (To be precise, I have many that 
start ";(setq-default ...)".  However, ";" indicates a comment.)

3.  If the above fails to fix the problem, maybe you have multiple 
site-start.el files?  You might change one while the system uses another?

hope this helps.

On 12/18/2010 10:22 PM, EvanMisshula wrote:
> I am having the same problem but I have added
> (setq-default
>        inferior-R-program-name
>                "C:\Program Files\R\R-2.12.1\bin\i386\Rterm.exe")
> site-start.el file.  I have also added to my path, C:\Program
> Files\R\R-2.12.1\bin\i386\.  It is still not working.  Does anyone see what
> I am doing wrong.
> Many thanks,
> Evan Misshula
> Stephen Eglen wrote:
>> Chris Howden<chris at trickysolutions.com.au>  wrote:
>>> I just installed the new version of R on my machine and Emacs can no
>>> longer
>>> find it. I'm getting the below error message
>> Did it work for a previous installation -- what did you have before in
>> your .emacs?
>>> (note that I tried adding them one at a time)
>>> ;(setq default-inferior-R-program-name "C:/Program
>>> Files/R/R-2.12.0/bin/i386/Rterm.exe")
>> you should have (setq-default ...)
>> rather than (setq default-...)
>> also I assume that the email put the newline between program and files.
>> i.e. I'd try this:
>> (setq-default
>>    inferior-R-program-name
>>    "C:\\Program Files\\R\\R-2.12.0\\bin\\i386\\Rterm.exe")
>> in .emacs and restart.
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