[ESS] cannot get ess to work with emacs and R

Kevin R. Coombes kevin.r.coombes at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 16:58:52 CET 2013

Well, R is not always installed in the usual place. (There was a period 
of time when having spaces in path names on Windows would break 
everything, so I got in the habit of putting R somewhere other than 
"Program Files".  And I never trust things to stay "not broken".)

But you can still put R (consistently) somewhere else and not have to 
change your .emacs file every time you upgrade R or ESS. Do not change 
the "inferior-R-program-name".  Instead, I do this (where R is installed 
in "C:/R/R-2.15.1" and similar locations for other versions)

(setq ess-directory-containing-R "C:")
(require 'ess-site)

On 2/11/2013 8:15 AM, Vincent Goulet wrote:
> ... and then you'll end up having to edit your config for each new installation (update) of R.
> As long as R is installed in its "usual" place, let ESS find it with its built-in "intelligence". The ESS developers worked hard to find a solution to this problem. It works flawlessly in my distribution and presumably for many more people.
> Vincent Goulet
> iPad
> Le 2013-02-11 à 05:04, "Oliver Jones"<ojones at wiwi.uni-bielefeld.de>  a écrit :
>> Hi,
>> I'm an amateur in Emacs, but I had some similar problem. Try to set the
>> inferior-R-program-name variable before you load ESS, i.e. just kill (Emacs language for cut)
>> the line
>> (setq inferior-R-program-name "c:/progra~1/R/R-2.15.0/bin/i386/Rterm.exe")
>> and yank (Emacs language for paste) it before the line
>> ; ESS
>> Best
>> Oliver
>> Am 08.02.2013 17:42, schrieb leah martell:
>>> ; ESS
>>> ;(require 'ess-site)
>>> (load "C:/ess/ess-12.09-2/lisp/ess-site")
>>> (setq inferior-R-program-name "c:/progra~1/R/R-2.15.0/bin/i386/Rterm.exe")
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