[ESS] ESS 13.05 release next week: beta testers welcome

Vitalie Spinu spinuvit at gmail.com
Thu May 9 22:25:39 CEST 2013

As far as I could remember Vincent's distribution sets and loads ESS
prior to the loading of user .emacs file. The file is called
site-start. You have to edit that one to point to a new location.

I guess Vincent's distribution is not really intended for beta testers:)


 >> Brian Diggs <diggsb at ohsu.edu>
 >> on Thu, 9 May 2013 13:05:51 -0700 wrote:

 > On 5/9/2013 6:27 AM, Rodney Sparapani wrote:
 >> Hi!
 >> We, the developers of ESS, are planning to release ESS 13.05 next week.
 >> This is a good time for the brave beta testers among you to try it out.
 >> You can find out how to install the development version at
 >> http://ess.r-project.org/index.php?Section=download>
 >> There are several new/improved features which you can see at
 >> http://ess.r-project.org/Manual/ess.html#New-features>
 >> Two of the new/improved features in particular are ElDoc and tracebug.
 >> You can find more information about ElDoc at
 >> http://ess.r-project.org/Manual/ess.html#ESS-ElDoc>
 >> Note that you can turn off ElDoc, by placing this in your ~/.emacs
 >> file {prior to (require 'ess-site) }:
 >> (setq ess-use-eldoc nil)
 >> You can find more information about tracebug at
 >> http://ess.r-project.org/Manual/ess.html#ESS-tracebug>
 >> You can toggle tracebug off/on via issuing the following command:
 >> M-x ess-tracebug
 >> If you find any problems, then please report them here.  Thanks

 > I thought I'd try the development version to see if some of problems I've been
 > having are fixed, but I am having problems even getting it to a point where I
 > can test it.

 > I am using Vincent Goulet's modified emacs distribution for Windows

 > GNU Emacs 24.2.1 (i386-mingw-nt6.1.7601) of 2012-08-28 on MARVIN

 > (Is there a way of determining within emacs what the "modified" version is? I
 > think I'm using eamcs-24.2-modified-7, but I'm not sure how to verify that.)

 > I've cloned a copy of the git repository into ~/.emacs.d/site-lisp so it is in
 > the ESS directory there. I put

 > (setq load-path
 >       (append '("~/.emacs.d/site-lisp/")
 >               load-path))
 > ;; where the development git checkout resides
 > (setq load-path
 >       (append '("~/.emacs.d/site-lisp/ESS/")
 >               load-path))

 > at the top of my .emacs file. [I don't know if I need both of those or not; my
 > emacs hacking skills are not that great.] However, I still seem to be getting
 > the version of ess which comes with the distribution; ess-version gives

 > ess-version : 12.09-2 [rev. 5395 (2013-01-10)]

 > I don't want to replace ess that comes with the distribution (in c:/Program
 > Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/site-lisp/ess/) because I want to easily revert back
 > to a "good" version when I'm not testing.

 > If it is useful, here is the value of load-path

 > ("c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/site-lisp/auctex" "c:/Program Files
 > (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/site-lisp/ess/" "~/.emacs.d/site-lisp/ESS/"
 > "~/.emacs.d/site-lisp/" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/site-lisp"
 > "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/site-lisp/ess" "c:/Program Files
 > (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/site-lisp/org" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs
 > 24.2/site-lisp/site-start.d" "C:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs
 > 24.2/../site-lisp" "C:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp" "c:/Program
 > Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/vc" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs
 > 24.2/lisp/url" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/textmodes"
 > "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/progmodes" "c:/Program Files
 > (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/play" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/org"
 > "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/nxml" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU
 > Emacs 24.2/lisp/net" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/mh-e"
 > "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/mail" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU
 > Emacs 24.2/lisp/language" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs
 > 24.2/lisp/international" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/gnus"
 > "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/eshell" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU
 > Emacs 24.2/lisp/erc" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/emulation"
 > "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/emacs-lisp" "c:/Program Files
 > (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/cedet" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs
 > 24.2/lisp/calendar" "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/calc"
 > "c:/Program Files (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/lisp/obsolete" "C:/Program Files
 > (x86)/GNU Emacs 24.2/leim")

 > I don't know what is causing the "wrong" ess to be found. I tried eliminating
 > everything in my .emacs file except those load-path adjustments, but that didn't
 > help. What is the right way to do this?

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