[ESS] Error: could not find function ".ess.help"

Vitalie Spinu spinuvit at gmail.com
Wed Nov 20 09:15:00 CET 2013

This might be a bug. Do you see ESSR attached in the search path?

If not, something must be going wrong at start-up. To diagnose, M-x: R
then immediately go to *ess-command-output* and see what is going on


 >>> Peter Baker on Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:49:13 +1000 wrote:

 > Hi
 > Would anyone be able to help with the above error message on running latest
 > svn and git versions of ESS version 13.09-1 (and stable emacs 24.3.1+
 > bazaar development version just to see if it made a difference
 > (git ess-20131118.1949 and svn revision 5892)

 > Basically, eldoc seems to not work either and I think this is related
 > because ElDoc mode is on status bar.

 > I get the error message when I try and run standard help with ?ls say

 > I have tried both emacs 24.3.1 from Fedora 19 and from source and
 > just used a minimal 2 line init file with

 > emacs -q -l test-init.el

 > ;; ess mode from svn - latest version 13.09-1 - fedora 19 a year behind
 > (setq load-path
 >       (append '("/usr/local/share/emacs/site-lisp/ess")
 >               load-path))
 > (require 'ess-site)

 >> sessionInfo()
 > R version 3.0.2 (2013-09-25)
 > Platform: x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu (64-bit)

 > locale:
 >  [1] LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NUMERIC=C
 >  [3] LC_TIME=en_US.UTF-8        LC_COLLATE=en_US.UTF-8
 >  [7] LC_PAPER=en_US.UTF-8       LC_NAME=C
 >  [9] LC_ADDRESS=C               LC_TELEPHONE=C

 > attached base packages:
 > [1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base

 > loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
 > [1] tools_3.0.2

 > My laptop is running slightly older versions of ESS (only by a week) on
 > Fedora 19 and desktop at home is Fedora 20 beta etc but both of these seem
 > to be working perfectly

 > Any idea on what I may be able to do to fix problem? I am so use to using
 > ?help and the completion with eldoc that this is really slowing me up. I
 > guess it could be elpa packages etc but thought the '-q -l' would rule that
 > out

 > Advice welcome

 > Thanks a lot!

 > Cheers
 > Peter

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