[ESS] ESS Hangs: Text is read-only

Vitalie Spinu spinuvit at gmail.com
Tue Apr 1 08:10:58 CEST 2014

RET and clicking should work. Those are links. Any errors? Can you open
rnw or R?


 >>> Paul Johnson on Tue, 1 Apr 2014 00:50:57 -0500 wrote:

 > OK, that vignette display page is really neat. I never cease to be surprised by
 > these features you put in there. 

 > How do I open the vignette from there? I see 


 > Its embarrassing to ask, I think . There's no response if I middleclick. or
 > position the cursor and hit enter or any other keystroke I can think of.
 > Incidentally, if I weren't able to ask you, how would I know this from the
 > instructions? 

 > I'm I've got a fishy build of Emacs. I'll search about...

 > pj

 > On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 9:47 PM, Vitalie Spinu <spinuvit at gmail.com> wrote:

 >     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?

 >     Vitalie

 >>>> "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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