[R] Command line editing.

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Wed Sep 5 21:27:08 CEST 2001

Rolf Turner <rolf at math.unb.ca> writes:

> 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?

The build process probably needs help finding the readline libraries
and/or header files. Where did you install them?

> (***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!)

If at first, you don't succeed.... ;-)

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