[ESS] A bad help request
@p|nuv|t @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Sat May 16 17:33:52 CEST 2015
To the best of my knowledge ESS does not explicitly connect to internet.
There is no auto update feature of any kind. Would be great if you could
track the issue by stepping through ess-site.el and figuring out what piece
is causing the hang. Thanks, Vitalie
On 16 May 2015 at 17:04, Dr. Michael L. Dowling <Mike.Dowling using t-online.de>
> Hello ESS mailing list!
> I'm afraid that this will be a very poor help request as I simply was
> not methodical enough to record exactly what I did and where. I would
> fully understand if nobody can respond.
> I have been using emacs now for decades and ESS for about 10 years. I
> use Arch Linux. Towards the end of April emacs-24.5 was released. When
> I started emacs, it behaved as though it just stopped in the middle of
> loading, and could only be stopped with a "kill -9" on the emacs
> process. I eventually realised that ESS was the culprit; comment it out
> of my .emacs file, and everything was fine, except that I could not use
> Now, I work in Hamburg, where I have no Internet, but return to my flat
> in Braunschweig during the weekends. I decided to look into this in
> Hamburg. But to my immense surprise, it worked just fine in Hamburg.
> But my Hamburg PC is an identical copy on the Braunschweig PC; even the
> same hardware. They are mutual backups of one another.
> Back in Braunschweig, I turned off my router, and bingo, emacs started
> normally. Keep the router on but turn off my firewall, emacs starts as
> it should. Then I realised that emacs was not dead, but instead was
> trying communicate via the Internet and was being stalled with time-outs
> resulting from the firewall. Wait long enough, and emacs would start.
> This is odd! Everything I would ever want to do on the Internet is
> permitted. Things like initiating a TCP connection from outside are
> not, with the exception of passive FTP which is permitted.
> I have since updated my ESS package. However, initially also suspected
> the icicles package, so I upgraded that as well. Then everything worked
> as it should, here in Braunschweig with the Internet and firewall. But
> not in Hamburg. These I had to create a sub-directory of ess/etc/ESSR,
> I forget which.
> What I suspect is that ESS tries to check with the repository perhaps
> with a view to automatically updating (which would not work as with me
> ESS is centrally installed by root). But that would be permitted by my
> firewall! Why does ESS behave differently with and without Internet
> Personally, I like to know when software connects to the Internet and
> would like to give my explicit consent to it happening. Is this
> configurable in the ~/.emacs file?
> Sorry if this is too vague; I was not very professional with my
> activities to document them properly. I thought I could remember
> exactly what I did in Hamburg and what I did in Braunschweig, and so
> construct a report. In the end, my memory lapsed. All the same, if
> anybody has any suggestions, I would appreciate them.
> Mike Dowling
> Dr. Michael L. Dowling
> Gaußstr. 27
> 38106 Braunschweig
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