[Rd] R CMD <custom>?

Hadley Wickham hadley at rice.edu
Mon Nov 28 21:38:46 CET 2011

> The shell command
>  R CMD something
> currently acts as though it puts R_HOME/bin on the front
> of PATH, looks for an executable file called 'something'
> in PATH, and then executes it.  The executable may call R
> or it may not.
> I think that running an R script file is sufficiently different
> from running an executable file that the operation should
> not also be called 'CMD'.

Fair enough. But it would still be extremely useful to have an R
"command" which did run R scripts (which naively you would expect R
CMD to do do).  Maybe R SCRIPT ?

Or R CMD package::script could look for an arbitrary script and
execute it - I suspect this would be trickier cross-platform though.

One could also consider eliminating R CMD and the bin directory, given
that most of the scripts there now just call an R function.  Perhaps a
general syntax for calling R scripts in an package could subsume these
important scripts in a consistent and package-extensible manner.


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Department of Statistics / Rice University

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