[Rd] ESS 5.2.7 released

From: Martin Maechler <maechler_at_stat.math.ethz.ch>
Date: Mon 18 Apr 2005 - 08:47:39 GMT

Dear ESS users, {BCC'ed to RPM and Debian maintainers of ESS}

We have now released ESS 5.2.7. This is a bug fix release against 5.2.6 where - the new UTF-8 "support" gave problems for Xemacs, and

I'm crossposting to R-devel just to make you aware that R 2.1.0, bound to be released today, comes with UTF-8 (unicode) support and that doesn't work correctly in ESS versions prior to 5.2.6.

Downloads from the ESS site http://ESS.R-project.org/ or directly http://ess.r-project.org/downloads/ess/ as *.zip and *.tar.gz files. Hopefully, *.deb and *.rpm will also be made available in due time.

For the ESS core team,
Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich.


   The ESS Developers proudly announce the release of ESS


   Emacs Speaks Statistics (ESS) provides an intelligent, consistent interface between the user and the software. ESS interfaces with S-PLUS, R, SAS, BUGS and other statistical analysis packages under the Unix, Microsoft Windows, and Apple Mac OS operating systems. ESS is a package for the GNU Emacs and XEmacs text editors whose features ESS uses to streamline the creation and use of statistical software. ESS knows the syntax and grammar of statistical analysis packages and provides consistent display and editing features based on that knowledge. ESS assists in interactive and batch execution of statements written in these statistical analysis languages.

   ESS is freely available under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Please read the file COPYING which comes with the distribution, for more information about the license. For more detailed information, please read the README files that come with ESS.

Getting the Latest Version

   The latest released version of ESS is always available on the web at: ESS web page (http://ess.r-project.org) or StatLib (http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/general/ESS/)

   The latest development version of ESS is available via `https://svn.R-project.org/ESS/', the ESS Subversion repository. If you have a Subversion client (see `http://subversion.tigris.org/'), you can download the sources using:

     % svn checkout https://svn.r-project.org/ESS/trunk PATH

which will put the ESS files into directory PATH. Later, within that directory, `svn update' will bring that directory up to date. Windows-based tools such as TortoiseSVN are also available for downloading the files. Alternatively, you can browse the sources with a web browser at: ESS SVN site (https://svn.r-project.org/ESS/trunk). However, please use a subversion client instead to minimize the load when retrieving.

   If you remove other versions of ESS from your emacs load-path, you can then use the development version by adding the following to .emacs:

     (load "/path/to/ess-svn/lisp/ess-site.el")

   Note that https is required, and that the SSL certificate for the Subversion server of the R project is

     Certificate information:

- Hostname: svn.r-project.org
- Valid: from Jul 16 08:10:01 2004 GMT until Jul 14 08:10:01 2014 GMT
- Issuer: Department of Mathematics, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, CH
- Fingerprint: c9:5d:eb:f9:f2:56:d1:04:ba:44:61:f8:64:6b:d9:33:3f:93:6e:ad

(currently, there is no "trusted certificate"). You can accept this certificate permanently and will not be asked about it anymore.

Current Features


   ESS has been tested with

   on the following platforms

   with the following versions of emacs

   (1) require the files.el patch to revert-buffer for the Local Variables updating problem


   Versions 5.2.x are meant to be release-quality versions. While some new features are being introduced, we are cleaning up and improving the interface. We know about some remaining documentation inconsistencies. Patches or suggested fixes with bug reports are much appreciated!

Mailing List

   There is a mailing list for discussions and announcements relating to ESS. Join the list by sending an e-mail with "subscribe ess-help" (or "help") in the body to <ess-help-request@stat.math.ethz.ch>; contributions to the list may be mailed to <ess-help@stat.math.ethz.ch>. Rest assured, this is a fairly low-volume mailing list.

   The purposes of the mailing list include

Reporting Bugs

   Please send bug reports, suggestions etc. to


   The easiest way to do this is within Emacs by typing

   `M-x ess-submit-bug-report'

   This also gives the maintainers valuable information about your installation which may help us to identify or even fix the bug.

   If Emacs reports an error, backtraces can help us debug the problem. Type "M-x set-variable RET debug-on-error RET t RET". Then run the command that causes the error and you should see a *Backtrace* buffer containing debug information; send us that buffer.

   Note that comments, suggestions, words of praise and large cash donations are also more than welcome.



   ESS is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version.

   ESS is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License in the file COPYING in the same directory as this file for more details.

New Features

   Changes/New Features in 5.2.7:

   Changes/New Features in 5.2.6:

   Changes/New Features in 5.2.5:

   Changes/New Features in 5.2.4:

   Changes/New Features in 5.2.3:

   Changes/New Features in 5.2.2:

   Changes/New Features in 5.2.1:


   [[ new features in older versions 
       ---> see the file ANNOUNCE in the ESS distribution ]]


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