[R] keyboard issue in R console

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri May 4 17:57:45 CEST 2007

We can also say that in recent versions of R you have to choose 
deliberately to disable readline when building R.  (This is made quite 
hard: I am currently building R on a brand new Solaris 10 system, and I 
had to work to get the right 64-bit libreadline linked in. Just having 
libreadline[-devel] missing is not enough.)

I think Hao Liu needs to explain how he managed to do this, by giving the 
basic information asked for in the posting guide, e.g.

- version of R
- what is 'linux' here
- how R was installed (from sources, RPM, .deb ....)

On Fri, 4 May 2007, Marc Schwartz wrote:

> On Fri, 2007-05-04 at 10:48 -0400, Hao Liu wrote:
>> hi! All:
>> I can do up or down arrow on keyboard to browse through command history
>> on R console in windows. However, I can't do that on a linux xterm or
>> console... I wonder how to make this feature work on linux... it will
>> make working a lot more efficient...
>> Thanks
>> Hao
> You are most likely missing the readline library and/or the readline
> 'devel' files, depending upon how you installed R.
> See R FAQ 7.20 How can I get command line editing to work?
> http://cran.r-project.org/doc/FAQ/R-FAQ.html#How-can-I-get-command-line-editing-to-work_003f
> Additional information is available in the R Installation/Administration
> Manual with your system or in HTML here:
> http://cran.us.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-admin.html
> HTH,
> Marc Schwartz
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