[R] Cream Text Editor

Paul Heinrich Dietrich paul.heinrich.dietrich at gmail.com
Sun May 24 12:50:45 CEST 2009

Thank you much for the help, I will work on this over the weekend.  Is there
a way in Windows to connect R and Cream?

Jakson Alves de Aquino wrote:
> 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.
> Jakson
> 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
>> ---
>> http://jo.irisson.free.fr/
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