[ESS] problem starting help in ESS

William McCoy wdmccoy @end|ng |rom geo@um@@@@edu
Wed Dec 13 23:57:13 CET 2017

Today I removed the Fedora ESS packages from both of the computers on 
which I have been having trouble.  I installed ESS 17.11 from Melpa on 
both of them.  I used Melpa just because I had some other packages from 
there that I have been using with my Emacs installations and it would be 
easy to add ESS to that list.  So anyway my problem goes away on both 
computers with this new setup.

I'm still not sure what was wrong before.  I saw no bugs at all reported 
on the Fedora bugzilla site regarding their ESS package for Fedora 27. 
If I get time tomorrow I will report the problem to bugzilla.

Thanks a lot to Rodney for his help.  Now I can get to work!

On 12/13/2017 10:02 AM, Sparapani, Rodney wrote:
> Hi Will:
> MELPA sounds ok, but I don’t know if we control that either.  As far as I know,
> we only control the source itself.  If you are having trouble with the Fedora
> version of ESS (or the Melpa version), then you report the errors to them and
> not to us.

> -- 
> Rodney Sparapani, PhD
> Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
> Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
> -----Original Message-----
> From: William McCoy <wdmccoy using geo.umass.edu>
> Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:37 PM
> To: Rodney Sparapani <rsparapa using mcw.edu>
> Subject: Re: [ESS] problem starting help in ESS
>     Thanks, Rodney.  Maybe tomorrow I will get a chance to try out ESS
>     17.11.  Perhaps I will install it from Melpa Stable.  Do you think that
>     is a good way?
>     Also, I should mention that if I am in an ESS buffer using R, I can use
>     C-c C-e C-d to dump an existing object (or create a new object) to an
>     emacsclient session with no problem.  Everything works as documented in
>     that regard.  So it seems quite strange that I can't dump the R help files.
>     I should also mention that I have exactly the same issue with ESS, emacs
>     and R on another computer running Fedora 27.
>     Anyway, thanks again for your help.  I will keep you informed with what
>     I find.  And in the meantime if anyone else has any ideas, let me know.
>     I'm surprised this problem doesn't seem to have come up before.  That
>     makes me think I have something very peculiar about my setup.
>     Bill

William D. McCoy
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

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