[ESS] Finding Rterm in R 2.12.0 on Windows

Daniel Nordlund djnordlund at frontier.com
Mon Feb 14 19:49:41 CET 2011

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ess-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:ess-help-bounces at r-
> project.org] On Behalf Of Rodney Sparapani
> Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011 9:40 AM
> To: ess-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: Re: [ESS] Finding Rterm in R 2.12.0 on Windows
> On 02/11/11 07:52 PM, Daniel Nordlund wrote:
> >
> >
> > I just came across this site and thought it might be of some
> use/interest to readers of this thread.
> >
> > http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-
> US/w7security/thread/55dce284-0dcd-46af-892e-d2b9cf5bcff6
> >
> > Dan
> Thanks Dan.  I haven't tried it yet, but it does seem to be more than
> just turning off UAC.  That's only the beginning.  Next you need to
> TAKE OWNERSHIP of the files in question, whatever that means.  I
> think I will recommend that Windows 7 users only create one user
> account and make that user an administrator.  If you do that, then
> you should avoid these issues, right?
> Rodney


I am not an expert on Windows 7, Emacs, or ESS, so I can't speak with authority on these problems.  Up until I started reading this thread, I was only dimly aware of all the redirection that apparently happens on Windows Vista/7.

But, what you describe above is basically how all my computers are set-up at home and at work (except the server at work where I don't have admin rights).  Except for programs that are explicitly written for Windows, I usually install programs in the root directory of my C: drive.  I just installed the latest version of Emacs/ESS packaged by Vincent Goulet in C:\GNU_Emacs_23.2.  I have R installed in C:\R (or rather, various directory trees under there).  I put c:\R\R-2.12.1\bin\i386 in the system-wide PATH and I define R_LIBS in the system-wide environment variables.  Emacs, ESS and R work just fine together as far as I can tell.  

It may be the case that if you install Emacs/ESS/R for all users (and outside of the Program Files directory) and set up the system-wide PATH and environment variables, you may be able to keep multiple accounts.  I just don't know, and I don't have a computer (or the inclination) to test it.  But I very much appreciate all the work that you do and the help that you and others on this list provide. :-)


Daniel Nordlund
Bothell, WA USA

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