[Rd] gsub("\\", "\\\\", "C:\Program Files\R")

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de
Fri Aug 12 14:14:06 CEST 2011

On 12.08.2011 10:52, mafia88 wrote:
> Hi,
> I think it is not possible in R but I rather ask before giving up:
> What I have: I have copied "C:\Program Files\R" into my clipboard.
> What I want: setwd(transform("C:\Program Files\R")) where the function
> transform should change the "C:\Program Files\R" from my clipboard to
> "C:\\Program Files\\R" so that R can handle it. Is this possible?
> I've tried with gsub("\\", "\\\\", "C:\Program Files\R") but failed, then
> tried first to split the full clipboard string cause \P is reserved in R but
> with strsplit("C:\Program Files\R", "") I also failed.
> Therefore the question: It is really necessary to manually add a second "\"
> in "C:\Program Files\R", so that setwd("C:\\Program Files\\R") can change my
> work directory?
> Cause I am getting tired making this manually... yes I know I can use the
> Search&Replace function from the Editor but I thought R can do everything?
> I hope someone could help me :(

Not really: You need to get it "transformed" before the R parser has its 
hand on it, therefore the best solution is to ask your editor to do that.

Uwe Ligges

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