[R] Cream Text Editor

Jakson Alves de Aquino jaksonaquino at gmail.com
Sun May 24 02:16:39 CEST 2009

As pointed by JiHO the biggest disadvantage of using the plugin is that
R is running through a pipe and consequently it is less interactive.
Just a note: there is no need of <Esc> before <F9>. Almost all key
bindings work in insert, normal and visual modes.

The last version of the plugin allows the user to set the terminal
emulator in the vimrc and now all key bindings are customizable. The
details are in the plugin's documentation.

Please write, to me if you find bugs in the plugin.


JiHO wrote:
> On 2009-May-23  , at 17:40 , Paul Heinrich Dietrich wrote:
>> I'm interested in easing my way into learning VIM by first using the
>> Cream
>> text editor, liking the idea that it will work on both my Linux and
>> Windows
>> computers.  I've installed Cream on my Linux machine, but can't figure
>> out
>> how to make Cream talk to R?  Does anybody know?  I'm using Ubuntu if it
>> makes a difference.  Thanks.
> You should install the R Vim Plugin and its dependencies:
>     http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=2628
> This creates commands and icons dedicated to the interaction between Vim
> and R.
> Then switch cream Settings > Preferences > Expert Mode.
> This will allow you to work in Cream and have all the simple keyboard
> shortcuts (Control-C, Control-V etc.) but still be able to switch
> between modes as in vim. By default you are in insert mode. You need to
> switch to normal mode (by pressing ESC) to be able to use the commands
> of the R-Vim plugin.
> The workflow is therefore:
> - open a R file
> - edit stuff
> - press ESC (to switch to non-edit mode)
> - start R in a terminal (click the icon or press F2)
> - send lines/selection (F9) or document (F5)
> - press ESC (to switch back to insert mode)
> - edit 2 lines
> - ESC
> - F9
> - F9
> - ESC
> - edit again
> etc...
> The terminal opened this way does not work completely as a regular one
> and there are some caveats when reading help and using general command
> line editing shortcuts (Ctrl-R for backward search for example). I
> haven't found a way around them so I usually open a second terminal to
> read the help in, or set R to display the help as HTML files in a
> browser window.
> I must say that those caveats can be quite serious and I often find
> myself just using copy-paste from gedit in a terminal:
> - set your desktop to "focus follow mouse"
> - select text in your editor
> - move the mouse to the terminal
> - click middle mouse button
> - move the mouse back to the editor
> etc...
> More cumbersome but reliable.
> Final note: since you are on ubuntu, you may want to change the terminal
> from the default X-term to gnome-terminal. You have to edit the file
> .vim/ftplugin/r.vim. There is a line commented with the gnome-terminal
> command instead of xterm. Uncomment this one and comment the xterm one.
> JiHO
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> http://jo.irisson.free.fr/

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