[R] Command-line editing re-visited.

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Fri Sep 7 18:28:59 CEST 2001

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

> (a) Now my ``m'' key won't work in R!!!  When I press ``m'' the machine
> just beeps.  All other keys seem to work O.K.  What's going on and
> how do I fix it?
> (The ``m'' key is only recalcitrant in R; if I quit R and go back
> to the Unix shell, ``m'' works fine.)

Beats me... What happens if you precede it with ^V ?

> Well, to answer Prof. Vogels' question, I was just following the
> instructions in ``An Introduction to R'' by Venables and Smith, et
> al.  They ***mention*** that command line editing can be made to work
> with vi syntax, but they don't say ***how***.  (At least I couldn't
> find the ``how''; mebbe I'm just blind.)
> So, I now come to my QUESTION:  How ***do*** you persuade the R
> command-line editor to use vi syntax?  Ideally I would like to be
> able to put something into an ``init'' file (.Renviron???) so that
> I always get vi syntax when I fire up R.  Failing that, something
> that I can put into a .First() function.

hit ESC then Ctr-j or put the command "vi-editing-mode" in your

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