Re: [S] ESS and EMACS

Prof Brian D Ripley (
Fri, 22 May 1998 16:26:11 +0100 (BST)

On Fri, 22 May 1998, John Thaden wrote:

> Is there any reason a user of S-Plus 4.0 v 3 under Windows 95 might benefit
> by running ESS/EMACS as a front end, or is ESS just for Unix machines? I
> read some from the ESS web page but found no mention of hardware
> platforms/requirements. Thanks. John Thaden

The editing modes (S-mode, for example) of ESS are very useful for
formatting S code in NTemacs. But as a front end there are a number of
problems. ESS's interaction with Splus is based on the way Splus works in
Unix, in particular with the way it echoes prompts to indicate that it has
finished a command (or not). I have two workarounds, one using sqpe (hence
no graphsheets) and one using DDE, but neither is fully reliable.

Scripts in S-PLUS 4.x provide quite similar functionality to the ESS
front-end, and are worth investigating.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
1 South Parks Road,                     +44 1865 272860 (secr)
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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