[ESS] Install experiences

Vincent Goulet vincent.goulet at dgfc.ulaval.ca
Thu Jun 21 15:23:10 CEST 2012

The site-start.el file in my Windows distribution has a stub for this. 

Vincent Goulet

Le 2012-06-20 à 23:36, "Richard M. Heiberger" <rmh at temple.edu> a écrit :

> ESS finds R automatically when it is put in the default location
> c:/Program Files/R/
> It is up to you to tell ESS where R is if it is anywhere else.
> See the paragraph in ess-site.el that contains the line
> ;;(setq-default inferior-R-program-name "C:\\Program
> Files\\R\\R-2.5.0\\bin\\Rterm.exe")
> Installation instructions for Windows are very simple.
> Put ESS somewhere and in site-start.el tell ESS where with a line like this
>   (load-file "/PATH/TO/THIS/FILE/ess-site.el")
> On Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 8:54 PM, Ross Boylan <ross at biostat.ucsf.edu> wrote:
>> I recently had Windows 7 installed on a computer, and then R 2.15 and
>> emacs 24.1.  ESS 12,04-4 is now working, but I thought I'd mention a couple
>> of rough spots.  My hope is that this report might lead to some
>> improvements in the installation  experience and documentation.
>> I've installed and used ESS before on a number of linux and windows
>> systems.  I think I've often used Vincent Goulet's packages for Windows,
>> but since I already had emacs I didn't this time.
>> First, I tried using emacs' new package management system, but ESS wasn't
>> in it.  You might consider using that distribution channel.
>> Second, when I went to download the file from http://ess.r-project.org/**
>> index.php?Section=download<http://ess.r-project.org/index.php?Section=download>it was hard to find instructions.  The first paragraph says "To run ESS in
>> Emacs you have to first download the compressed eLisp source files and
>> install them according to the following instructions."  But there aren't
>> really any instructions on the page.  Eventually I tried the link to the
>> ESS manual at the bottom, although the description "Instructions on how to
>> retrieve ESS in particular or how to work with Subversion in general can be
>> found in the following documents:" was not too inviting.  First, it didn't
>> say which was which (it's pretty easy to guess, but why add friction?  The
>> git docs are clearly marked off); more importantly, my problem was not how
>> to retrieve the code but how to install it.  After some searching around in
>> the manual I found the relevant section, which is also in the README file
>> at the top of the directory of the unpacked zip.
>> Finally, when I followed the instructions to install, I got to the 2nd
>> step and was happy about the "you're done."  When I tried to start R it
>> didn't work ("rterm not found").  Only then I realized I did not have an
>> ESS buffer, and even the instructions after the second step did not say how
>> to deal with rterm trouble, except to email this list.  A little more
>> searching solved that too, although the instructions contain one more
>> pitfall, I think.  The paragraph above the one with (setq
>> inferior-R-program-name "...") ends with the advice to "make sure to use
>> backslashes, '\' since Windows requires them."  Despite that, the setq
>> example uses forward slashes and I suspect backslashes would be interpreted
>> as escapes by elisp and fail, unless doubled.
>> I'm not sure if ESS is supposed to be able to find R automatically; I
>> recall some discussion about that quite awhile ago.  FWIW, my installation
>> was at c:/Users/rdboylan/Documents/R/**R-2.15.0/bin/i386/Rterm.exe.
>> That's where the system adminstrator put it.
>> Thanks for ESS!
>> I don't need any particular response.
>> Ross
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