? backslash was Re: [R] Editor alternative
cyg at sympatico.ca
Wed Sep 13 12:37:12 CEST 2000
I just want to point out an observation. I noticed that path strings under
Windows required that I double up the backslash "\" as it is used as an
escape character as in C. I think that most if not all of the "Unix tools"
ported to Windows accept path strings with a single backslash. I wonder if
it would be worthwhile to reproduce that behavior under R somehow? I mean
kind of preprocessing the params used as path strings transparently since
character vectors don't "escape" the backslash.
I understand it is much easier to require from users of R under Windows to
comply with it's path strings needs. Maybe it would be nice to just provide
a simple function in "base" for the sole purpose of translating Windows path
strings to the required form.
Just a though.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Uwe Ligges" <ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
To: "Marc Feldesman" <feldesmanm at pdx.edu>
Cc: "r-help" <r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2000 4:12 PM
Subject: Re: [R] Editor alternative
> Marc Feldesman wrote:
> > I'm using version 1.1.1 under Windows NT and Windows 2000. I'm unable
> > get any editor other than Notepad to work. (I don't have use for any of
> > the Unix editors - vi or Emacs) but would like to use EditPadPro, which
> > some nifty features, including the ability to spawn Rgui from within
> > it. (No syntax highlighting programmability yet, but maybe soon).
> > I have editpadpro.exe in my path and have a fully specified path
> > in options(editor=....). The options statement "takes" fine, but when I
> > attempt to use the editor, I get an error stating that R cannot load the
> > editor. I ran into a similar problem with an earlier version of R under
> > Win 98, but I haven't tried it under either NT or Win2K.
> > Am I missing something, or does R not really spawn an external editor
> > properly (or at all) under Windoze?
> I have written an extension for the editor WinEdt. Everything works fine
> on WinNT, if I use something like
> options(editor="\"c:/program files/winedt/winedt\" -Options")
> Could you provide an example [option(.....) and error message]?
> Uwe Ligges
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