[ESS] [ESS-bugs] ess-site does not find Rterm.exe (R.12.1)

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Tue Dec 28 16:33:14 CET 2010

Dear Georgi,
it would be better if you sent such e-mails to  ess-help at ..... which
is read by many
who could help.  Also as that list is archived publicly others will
profit from the answers you receive..
For that reason, I'm CC'ing the list now.

On Fri, Dec 24, 2010 at 17:12, Georgi Boshnakov
<georgi.boshnakov at manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am working under Windows XP,  R-12.1, Emacs23.2, ESS 5.12.
> ESS seems (for me) unable to find Rterm.exe of R.12.1 and declares R.11.1pat to be the newest.

> My guess is that this is due to changed "bin" directory in R.12., where (on my platform) most of the exe files, including Rterm.exe, are in bin/i386, not directly in bin.

Yes, your guess is indeed correct.
(further below)

> This is my R directory with R.12.1 and R.11.1pat installed.
>  c:/Program Files/R:
>  drwxrwxrwx  1 Georgi         None   0 06-25 14:32 R-2.11.1pat
>  drwxrwxrwx  1 Georgi         None   0 12-22 22:11 R-2.12.1
> The following evaluation is in the Emacs *Scratch* buffer:
> (ess-find-rterm (concat (getenv "ProgramFiles") "/R/"))
> ==>
>     (nil "C:/Program Files/R/R-2.11.1pat/bin/Rterm.exe")
> In the code of  ess-find-rterm there is an explicit reference to "bin/Rterm.exe", which seems to be the reason for not finding the version 12's Rterm.exe.

Yes, indeed.  Again you are right.
As I don't use Windows typically I don't know what the official remedy
is (if there's one).

We (ESS core), Rich Heiberger  specifically, have started efforts to
solve the issue for the next release of ESS.  .. AFAICS, we haven't
finished them yet though...
As currently there's holiday season (at least here ....) and winter
problems in quite a few places where ESS core members live, we may be
a bit slower than usually in responding

Best regards,
Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich

> Thanks for the great software,
> Georgi
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