Sweave with Emacs and ESS, problem solved!

May 9, 2010

(This article was first published on Shige's Research Blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

With help from Seb, the nagging problem I had when trying to sweaving with Emacs and ESS (http://old.nabble.com/ESS-and-Sweave-td28339734.html) has been solved.

First of all, apply the patch for ess-swv.el, provided by Seb. Second, set the default pdf viewer for ESS by “C-h v ess-pdf-viewer-pref “, then change the value from “nill” to “evince”. Now I can directly sweave my Rnw document by pressing “M-n s”, and see the pdf output by pressing “M-s P”.

It has been a quite pleasant experience interacting with free software developer/maintainer.

By the way, Emacs 23.2 just got out, and it looks great on my Ubuntu box (the font scale problem that comes with the proprietary Nvidia driver is gone).

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