[ESS] ESS Hangs: Text is read-only

Vitalie Spinu spinuvit at gmail.com
Tue Apr 1 04:47:04 CEST 2014

I cannot reproduce either. Never happened to me. If *R* buffer becomes
read-only,  you can always C-x C-q to make it writable again.

Do you experience the same problem with C-c C-d C-v?


 >>> "Sparapani, Rodney" on Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:45:41 +0000 wrote:

 SR> On Mon, 2014-03-31 at 13:42 +0000, Sparapani, Rodney wrote:
 >> Lately, it often happens that ESS hangs, and *R* minibuffer says "Text
 >> is
 >> read-only". I just found a repoducible example.
 >> Run this
 >> library(data.table)
 >> vignette("datatable-intro")
 >> An Evince screen appears., I read the PDF a while, close that.
 >> In the *R* buffer I see
 >> >
 >> (evince:12584): EvinceDocument-CRITICAL **: ev_document_get_n_pages:
 >> assertion 'EV_IS_DOCUMENT (document)' failed
 >> After closing the Evince window, I cannot find any way to get the
 >> Emacs/ESS
 >> session to work again. I cannot type commands at the prompt. Nor can I
 >> run
 >> them from the script window.
 >> The minibuffer reports "Text is read-only".  I can't find any way to
 >> break
 >> out.
 >> I've had this problem occasionally for the last few months, but never
 >> reproducible before.
 >> Ubuntu Linux, Emacs 24.3.1 with ESS 13.09.

 SR> Hi Paul:

 SR> I can't reproduce.  For me, on RHEL 5.7, Emacs 24.3 and ESS 13.09-2,
 SR> I get an acroread window rather than evince.  After closing the
 SR> acroread window, everything behaves as expected.  This could be
 SR> an evince issue.

 SR> Rodney

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