I work remotely to Linux servers, writing R scripts with
ESS. Rstudio works well if I have a fast and stable GUI-based remote desktop connection to the server. Rstudio server also works OK if I have the server running and now problems with managing logins. However, these two choices are not available on the server. So, Emacs+ESS is a great choice for code editing experience. The catch is, I will have to download generated images and PDF to my local computer to see them. That is not a workflow I want to do every couple of minutes. Doing a SSHFS mount to local computer is a better, but is still not the workflow I want. The ideal workflow:
- Write code in an
- Run code to generate plots, or PDFs from Rmarkdown
- Preview the files right afterward inside the emacsclient window, or in another tmux split, or Window.
This threads discusses various options to view images in the terminal. There is pdf-tools package for emacs to preview PDF documents. So, I believe it is technically possible at the moment. But I don't use emacs so frequent these days so my reflex is a bit rusty. Some guidance/demo setup code will be really appreciated.