Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Mon May 27 17:35:15 CEST 2002

Gorazd Brumen <gorazd.brumen at student.fmf.uni-lj.si> writes:

> Hello,
> I am new on the list and in R language. I only have one question -
> could it be achieved that pressing a TAB key autocompletes
> the possible directions to the R language. This is a Unix
> feature and it would greatly boost the performance.
> I have R-1.3.1 installed on Linux.

That's getting a bit old, although R hasn't changed much in this
particular regard.

ESS (Emacs Speaks Statistics) includes object name completion, and
also the readline library used for commmand-line editing on unix-like
system has the basic functionality, although it is currently wired for
*filename* completion.

There hasn't been all that much incentive to change the current
readline setup, partly because you actually use the filename
completion occasionally. However, if someone wants a small programming
project, they might consider porting things from ESS into
R/readline... (and, BTW, also into the Mac/Windows/Gnome interfaces)

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