[R] kate editor for R

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Fri Jan 19 15:39:04 CET 2007

Ramon, Frank,

Great discussion. Nothing like an editor feud over morning coffee. Just kidding.

On 19 January 2007 at 11:18, Ramon Diaz-Uriarte wrote:
| However, I specially missed:
| a) the possibility of opening as many R processes as I want, and placing that 
| buffer in wherever place and with whichever size I want.
| b) most of the rest of emacs, actually (hey, where did my shells go? and my 
| org-mode buffer? and my ...; not to talk about the keybindings).

[ Thanks for the org-mode suggestion. That looks very useful. How do I get it
to sync to my Palm, though? ;-) ]

On 19 January 2007 at 07:12, Frank E Harrell Jr wrote:
| and I am used to its keybindings.  But I prefer kate for printing and 
| for managing multiple files in a project.  kate has a nice sidebar for 
| navigating the files, and indicates which files have been changed since 

As I am doing more C++ work, I glanced at oo-browser, sidebar, ecb (all in
Debian/Ubuntu).  Would a real Emacs hacker be able to these to R code too?

| they were saved.  kate also schematically depicts nested code with side 
| symbols connected by vertical lines for {}.  Scrolling of the R output 
| window is a little more logical in kate than in ESS.  I find myself 
| having to type Esc-shift-> often in ESS/Emacs to get to the bottom of 
| the R output but kate puts the cursor at the bottom.  Also I get a 
| little frustrated with package management in Xemacs (I know however that
| it's nice to be able to load thousands of packages) related to file 
| permissions, ftp commands, anonymous logins, etc.  And from a purely 
| "looks" standpoint kate is superior.

I switched back to GNU Emacs, using the emacs-snapshot-gtk package in Debian
and Ubuntu. Prettier, and still emacs :)   I get by without locally install
elisp code in /usr/local -- everything I needed was apt-get'able.


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