[ESS] R in Cygwin Emacs

Richard M. Heiberger rmh at temple.edu
Thu Sep 4 18:43:24 CEST 2014

On my Windows machines (7 and 8) I have R inside "c:/Program Files/R"
and NTemacs
and cygwin outside in "c:/emacs" and "c:/cygwin".  ESS works out of
the box for me.
I have set it up this way on classroom and lab networks for years and
never had the
problems Rodney reports.  Actually in the labs I think I have emacs
and cygwin in
the "c:/Program Files (x86)/emacs"  "c:/Program Files (x86)/cygwin".
I can't check
now as I am not on campus.

The way the lab works here is that they give me admin privileges for the purpose
of installing emacs, miktek, cygwin, and R.  When the master machine
is cloned, the admin profile is copied to the standard user profile.

I personally switched to Macintosh two years ago.  I still live in a
university.   For the specific example of duplicating
w32-short-file-name, I still think
a tiny DOS script run from cygwin emacs should be able to get MSDOS to
do the dir/x
and construct the 8.3 names that way.

another option, if an equivalent for w32-short-file-name can't be
found or constructed,
is put some otherwise redundant quotation marks around the
long-file-names (with an emacs function carrying the name w32-short-file-name)
and work with them (assuming that will work).

On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 12:01 PM, Sparapani, Rodney <rsparapa at mcw.edu> wrote:
>> ... we say that ESS is not supported (anymore) on Cygwin Emacs.
>> I can hear that last sentence, if that's so. I was simply reporting
>> problems here because I was thinking that supporting R on Cygwin Emacs
>> was heartily welcomed.
>> If I now am aware that it's a dead end, OK, I'll move back to a pure
>> Windows solution, then.
>> Best regards,
>>   Seb
> Hi Seb:
> Well, Cygwin was a nice solution.  But, I think there are better
> options today.  You can try, but I don't think there will be ESS
> support out-of-the-box or otherwise.  But, it's even worse than that!
> As I alluded to, since the configuration files can be blown away when
> you switch users, ESS support on Windows 7/8 is already in serious
> trouble.  Great care needs to be taken.  As I recall, you need to
> install EVERYTHING outside of the Program Files hierarchy.  But, I
> could be wrong.  I was so frustrated that I haven't been keeping up
> with it.
> Rodney
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