[ESS] Installing ESS on CentOS?

Erik Iverson eriki at ccbr.umn.edu
Tue Oct 26 23:15:02 CEST 2010


I always use the same procedure for installing ESS on Linux,
which is to download the .tar.gz file of the latest release,
unpack it, and then load ESS from my .emacs initialization file.

The 'package manager' route has some appeal, but since ESS is
so trivial to install using the method above, I just go ahead
and do it.

So, simply download

Unpack the file using, e.g.,

tar xvfz ess-5.11.tgz

And then in your .emacs file:

(load "/path/to/ess-5.11/lisp/ess-site")

adjusting the string to match your local setup.

Simple as that!

I might suggest having your sysadmin (or you) install a more
recent version of Emacs, version 21 is *very* old!

The most recent version (23.2) has some nice advantages,
including image support and antialiased font support,
among others.


Spencer Graves wrote:
>       What procedure do you suggest to install ESS in CentOS 5.5, which 
> includes Emacs 21.4.1?
>       "http://ess.r-project.org/index.php?Section=download" says, "ESS 
> for Linux:  On some distributions of Linux ESS can be installed as an 
> offical RPM package via the package manager. For other distributions the 
> RPM packages are provided by private users."  I could not find either 
> ESS or Emacs Speaks Statistics searching for "All packages" or 
> "Available packages" from the "Package Manager".
>       Thanks,
>       Spencer
> p.s.  At a command prompt, "R" brings up "version 2.12.0 (2010-10-15) 
> ... Platform:  x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu (64 bit)".
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