[ESS] Emacs initialisation file doesn't work on a new computer.

Chris Howden chris at trickysolutions.com.au
Mon Jun 11 12:04:25 CEST 2012


I've just got a new desktop 'super computer' (at least it is compared to
the laptop I've been using) so I've excitedly loaded up R and Vincent
Goulet's excellent EMACS download. Copied across my init file. And tried
to start EMACS for some fun comparing how much quicker it is.

Unfortunately I'm getting some error messages and then it doesn't use my
init file. The first one I get is:
" Warning (initialization): An error occurred while loading
`c:/Users/Chris Howden/.emacs':

Symbol's value as variable is void: ess-mode-map

To ensure normal operation, you should investigate and remove the
cause of the error in your initialization file.  Start Emacs with
the `--debug-init' option to view a complete error backtrace."

So I commented it out, but then I get more similar errors.

Now the strange thing is this same init file works just fine on my old
laptop. The only difference between the 2 is that the laptop runs  32bit
Window7 and GNU 23.3.1, and the new computer a 64bit W7 and GNU 23.4.1.

Does anyone have any ideas on what's going on?

And if not what I might do to figure out whats going on?

Thanks for your help.

I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to get a new build of
EMACS to use could point me in the right  some

Chris Howden B.Sc. (Hons) GStat.
Founding Partner
Evidence Based Strategic Development, IP Commercialisation and Innovation,
Data Analysis, Modelling and Training
(mobile) 0410 689 945
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chris at trickysolutions.com.au

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