[ESS] Installing ESS on CentOS?

spencerg spencer.graves at prodsyse.com
Wed Oct 27 01:15:34 CEST 2010

Hi, Eric and Rodney:

       Thanks for your replies.  Unfortunately, I'm not very unixed, and 
I can't find the installation directory for Emacs.  I couldn't find ESS 
or Emacs Speaks Statistics listed as available via Package Manager.  
Moreover, /user/local/share does not contain an emacs subdirectory, as 
indicated in 
"http://ess.r-project.org/Manual/ess.html#Unix-installation".   I 
downloaded ess-5.11.tgz, and know where it is, but I don't know where to 
put it.  I spent my time in the military, and I can think of a thousand 
crude suggestions for "where to put it", but none of them seem likely to 
solve this problem.

       Any suggestions?

       Thanks again,

On 10/26/2010 2:15 PM, Erik Iverson wrote:
> Spencer,
> 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
> http://ess.r-project.org/downloads/ess/ess-5.11.tgz
> 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.
> --Erik
> 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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