[ESS] Start 64bit R

Kevin Coombes kev|n@r@coombe@ @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Mon Apr 6 19:04:07 CEST 2015


I have attached the function as an elisp-file, but I'm not sure if it 
will get through any filters to make it back to the mailing list. If 
not, I can paste the code directly into another email.

I don't think the solution I have is particularly elegant, and I have no 
feeling for how robust it is.  But it worked in the previous and in the 
current version of ESS on the three machines that I use regularly.

I do think it would be good to add it in for others benefit.  (I find it 
hard to believe that I'm the only person who want to run the 64-bit 
version instead of the 32-bit version. There are lots of bioinformatics 
computations that run out of space when using only 32 bits.)

Part of my reason for asking for the change to be made part of the ESS 
distribution is plain old "disgruntlement".  I don't like the fact that 
"R-newest" in ESS *means* 32-bit.  We've had 64-bit versions of R for 
several years.  And when I get the newest version of R from CRAN, it 
comes with both 64-bit and 32-bit version.  And it installs icons for 
both on  my desktop, so I can start whichever one I want.  In ESS, I 
either have to edit the "ess-site.el" file -- which I used to do, and 
requires re-editing every time you upgrade R (or ESS). Or I have to use 
a non-standard command that I wrote (M-x R64), which makes things 
complicated when I try to explain things to students.

I'd also like a more robust, long-term solution. I don't want the next 
version of ESS to break my inelegantly hacked solution.   As for 
long-term, my first home computer was an IBM 386SX -- running the 
hand-coded-in-assembly version of Freemacs -- so I've gone through these 
transitions before.  Presumably, at some point we'll start using 128-bit 
instead of 64-bit.  And then I'll want the 128-bit version of R to be 
the default.  And my code that searches for the string "64bit" won't 
work.  And it's even possible that it will stop working in a new release 
of R if they change how they designate the 32bit and 64bit versions.


On 4/6/2015 11:51 AM, Stephen Eglen wrote:
> hi Kevin,
> I vaguely remember saying that I'd take a look - why not send what you
> have to us, and then I'll see how easy it is.
> But if you already have a working solution, what do you need improving
> (beyond us perhaps adding something like it into ESS for others
> benefit)?
> Stephen
> On Mon, Apr 06 2015, Kevin Coombes wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I've asked this before (and will probably keep asking for it until it
>> gets implemented).
>> I just installed ESS 15.03  with Emacs 24.3 on my Windows 7 64-bit
>> machine.  When I run "M-x R" or "M-x R-newest", ESS insists on starting
>> the 32-bit version of R.  I would prefer it to start the 64-bit version.
>> Is there a variable I can set to get this as the default behavior?
>> If not, can one at least hope that in the next version either
>> [1] running the 64-bit version (if it exists)  becomes the default, or
>> [2] a variable will be added that will allow the user to specify that
>> the 64-bit version should start by default?
>> Note: I have a (probably very inefficient) elisp function that I wrote
>> (and invoke as M-x R64) that hunts for the string "-64bit" in the list
>> of R-version commands and runs the newest of those.  If you think it
>> would help, I'd be more than happy to contribute it. But it has only
>> been tested on my own machines (where it still works with ESS 15.03.)
>> Best,
>>     Kevin
>> On 4/1/2015 3:15 AM, Martin Maechler wrote:
>>> Dear  ESS  users,
>>> Last night, shortly before the end of March (= '03'), I have
>>> relased   ESS 15.03.
>>> To get it, use http://ess.r-project.org/index.php?Section=download
>>> This release is not showing off dramatically new features but
>>> the amount of improvements and small bug fixes is well worth
>>> upgrading.
>>> For more details, the first part of the ANNOUNCE file
>>> is included below, notably with the  'New Features' for 15.03.
>>> For the ESS Core Team,
>>> --
>>> Martin Maechler,
>>> ETH Zurich
>>> --------------------------------------------------------
>>> ****************
>>> The ESS Developers proudly announce the release of ESS 15.03
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