[R] Command line editing.

Rolf Turner rolf at math.unb.ca
Wed Sep 5 21:01:15 CEST 2001

I've looked through the FAQ and can't find anything about

I'm working on a Sun machine, running Solaris 2.7.

I'm a new R-user; have been using Splus for millenia, and finally
decided it was time I got going with R.  So I downloaded R, installed
it, fiddled about a bit, and found that command-line editing was

Scrounging through the documentation some more, I saw it to indicate
that if GNU readline is installed on the system, then R ***does***
provide command-line editing.  So I got readline and installed it ---
there seemed to be no problems with that.

Then I (re) issued the ./configure, make, and make install commands
for R.

Then I fired up R, typed a few commands, and tried typing <ctrl>-p,
which according to ``An Introduction to R'' by Venables and Smith
et al., should take me to the previous command.  Instead, I simply
got ``^P'' appearing on the screen.  What am I missing?

(***Please*** don't tell me to use ESS --- (a) I don't want to; I
am emacs-averse.  (b) I ***did*** try to install ESS, despite (a),
and could not get that %%^#*#)%'-ing thing to work either!)


						Rolf Turner
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