[R] kate editor for R

Frank E Harrell Jr f.harrell at vanderbilt.edu
Fri Jan 19 19:06:59 CET 2007

Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> 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.
> Dirk

Thanks for the pointer to emacs-snapshot-gtk Dirk.  I installed it in 
debian but it looked virtually identical to the emacs21 I've been using.


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