[ESS] Finding Rterm in R 2.12.0 on Windows

Kevin R. Coombes kevin.r.coombes at gmail.com
Fri Feb 4 21:40:17 CET 2011

I've managed to mostly avoid this problem by installing in

On 2/4/2011 1:35 PM, Rodney Sparapani wrote:
> On 02/ 3/11 06:11 PM, Paul Johnson wrote:
>> The only big Vista/Win7 complication I see is that "VirtualStore"
>> disaster. When I try to configure something in ESS or install an R
>> package and I'm not acting as the administrator, then Windows tries to
>> "fool me" by installing the app in a hidden part of the user  account,
>> in a folder named like
>> C:\Users\pauljohn\AppData\...\LocalSettings\VirtualStore\.  Then it
>> creates an "illusion" that it did install into C:\Program Files\R by
>> re-routing my user requests from the C:\Program Files area into that
>> VirtualStore.  So after I log off, then other users come along and R
>> packages or Emacs ESS config changes I made are not available to them.
>> It really pissed me off when I spent an afternoon customizing Emacs
>> and all the changes seemed to disappear when somebody else logged on.
>> It seems willing to let you edit files in C:\Program Files\Gnu Emacs
>> 23.2\site-lisp\site-start.d, but  the changes you make by hand get
>> diverted into that hidden VirtualStore thing.  But, as long as you are
>> aware of this shell game, you can run Emacs "as administrator" so it
>> will actually make the changes you want in the Program Files
>> hierarchy. Well, it is still a ghastly, horrible setup. But I'm warned
>> about it now.
> Hi Paul:
> Yes, that's the nightmare that I have seen.  Thanks for
> clearing that up.  Is there some way
> to turn this off?  I remember we talked about this before.
> I think one of the suggestions was to install R somewhere
> else such as C:\R, but I haven't tried it yet.  I give up.
> I'm officially dropping the Windows platform.  I'm going
> to use WINE from here on out.
> Rodney
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