# [R] text editor for R - summary on R-WinEdt

Benjamin.STABLER@odot.state.or.us Benjamin.STABLER at odot.state.or.us
Mon Jul 12 22:37:12 CEST 2004

```I implemented Uwe's R-WinEdt package as a closer to true WinEdt mode so that
WinEdt could be used with other modes as well.  I sent Uwe the
implementation and we talked a little about cleaning it up, but I haven't
gotten around to it and I don't think he has either.  It is still a little
messy as Uwe noted below but it works well.  There is no code changes, just
running a WinEdt macro and editing a few start up files.  Below are the
instructions.  I'll post all the required files (rwinedt2.zip file) on our
website at: http://www.odot.state.or.us/tddtpau/R.html.

All the best,
Ben Stabler

Customizing R-WinEdt Mode
Ben Stabler 12/19/03

1) Install R-WinEdt as instructed.

2) Unzip rwinedt2.zip

3) Run R-Mode.edt macro from the WinEdt interface.

4) Add the following lines to your Rprofile file (under R\etc)

options(pager="c:/program files/winedt team/winedt/winedt.exe")
options(editor="c:/program files/winedt team/winedt/winedt.exe")

5) Open WinEdt.btn and add this to the end of the list of bitmaps

246 %B\Bitmaps\Buttons\R-history.bmp
247 %B\Bitmaps\Buttons\R-paste.bmp
248 %B\Bitmaps\Buttons\R-source.bmp
249 %B\Bitmaps\Buttons\R-script.bmp

6) Open WinEdt.img and add this to the end of the list of bitmaps

246 %B\Bitmaps\Images\R_history.bmp
247 %B\Bitmaps\Images\R_paste.bmp
248 %B\Bitmaps\Images\R_source.bmp
249 %B\Bitmaps\Images\R_script.bmp

7) Add the R menu items to the Default WinEdt Toolbar by right
clicking on the toolbar.  Then select Enter Toolbar Setup.
Finally, click the R buttons (there are four) and add them one
at a time to the toolbar.

-----Original Message-----
From: Uwe Ligges [mailto:ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de]
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 11:56 PM
To: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
Cc: wangk at maths.anu.edu.au; d.scott at auckland.ac.nz; maj at stats.waikato.ac.nz;
andy_liaw at merck.com
Subject: Re: [R] text editor for R - summary on R-WinEdt

Dear all,

let me try to summarize this thread's R-WinEdt related messages and give

Murray Jorgensen wrote:

> I tried R-WinEdt a few years ago, but as I remember it interfered with
> my usual use of WinEdt which is as a front end to MiKTeX. Is there a
> way to use WinEdt both ways?

Yes, as already answered by some others ...

There are plans to be able to have an R mode in the usual WinEdt
setting, so R's highlighting will adapt to the current document
settings, but I don't know when there will be time to implement that in
a clean manner.

David Scott wrote [in response to Murray Jorgensen]:

> This problem annoyed me for a while too. My solution (which is not
> perhaps ideal) is this. You want two different incarnations of WinEdt,
> one for TeX, the other for R. On the desktop I have a shortcut to
> WinEdt which is the one for TeX stuff. I open the other one with R
> syntax highlighting etc by starting R and using library(RWinEdt). To
> do this you have to install the RWinEdt package and SWinRegistry. This
> is all well explained in the ReadMe.txt for RWinEdt.
>
> I think with the right additions to the Target field in a shortcut to
> WinEdt you can call up the incarnation of WinEdt that is suitable for
> R. I haven't done that. You would then have two shortcuts to WinEdt,
> one for your TeX stuff, one for R.

Thanks for this detailed and accurate description.

Liaw, Andy wrote:

> Uwe would be the authority on this 8-), but my impression is that if
> you keep two separate shortcuts, you should be fine.  The one for
> R-WinEdt has flags that sets it up for R, which should not be used
> in the one for MikTeX.

Indeed.

Kevin Wang wrote:

> I think Andy is correct.  A few years ago (back in the dark ages --
> before I discovered Emacs/ESS), I had two short cuts, one calls
> R-WinEdt (i.e. with flags...etc) and the other with just a normal
> WinEdt icon.
>
> However, I *think* now you can interact R-WinEdt within R directly
> (I tried the new version about 2 ~ 3 months ago just for fun, and
> that seemed to be the case, but I can't quite remember *_*).

You can fire up R-WinEdt from R, but I would not call it "interact
within R directly".

Peter Flom wrote:

> I use WinEdt for both.  I simply installed it twice, and set up one
> version for R and one for LaTeX, I have seperate icons on the desktop,
> with different names, and it works fine.

It is not necessary to have two installations.

Uwe Ligges

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