I agree with Rich and Vitalie. This just works out of the box: no .emacs
Perhaps, you are tripping over the recent tightening of the interface. The
last bullet point
in the New features section of 17.11 states…
* ESS[R] Namespaced evaluation is now automatically enabled only in the
R/directory. This way ESS will not attempt to update function definitions from
a package if you are working from e.g. a test file.
So, are you opening source code from the R subdirectory of your package and
submitting them with C-c C-p, C-c C-r, C-c C-b, etc.? That is what this feature
provides with respect to R package development and it is awesome!
Rodney Sparapani, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
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