You need a more recent company. I suggest removing all debian emacs
packages and installing everything from  melpa.

On Jan 15, 2017 10:07 PM, "Mathieu Basille" <basille....@ase-research.org>
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> After some time using auto-complete in Emacs, I'm now trying to modernize
> my configuration and switch to Company. I understand that Company is fully
> integrated to ESS now, and works out of the box, however, I get a weird
> error message when I try to "use" it.
>
> Here are the steps that I followed:
>
> * Install Emacs 25.1, ESS 16.10 and Company (elpa-company) 0.8.12 from
> Debian repository (I am running Testing/Stretch).
>
> * Prepare a minimal .emacs.d/init.el with only this:
>
> (add-hook 'after-init-hook 'global-company-mode)
>
> (require 'ess-site)
>
> * Open any file with Emacs: auto-completion works as expected, for instance
> if I type the same word twice, auto-completion kicks in for the second
> type.
>
> * Open a .R script in Emacs, open R (M-x R), and try auto-completion on a
> function (for instance, typing "hi" to get hist/history/... Auto-completion
> does not work, and I get a message in the echo area instead:
>
> Company: An error occurred in auto-begin
> Company: Back-end (company-R-args company-R-objects :separate) error
> "Symbol’s function definition is void: :separate" with args (ignore-case)
>
> I couldn't find much help in the doc, or other on-line resources.
>
> Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance,
> Mathieu Basille.
>
>
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