[R] Sending emails from R under Windows

Pikounis, Bill v_bill_pikounis at merck.com
Wed Jul 30 13:51:09 CEST 2003

I second Jason's good suggestion, with the additional comment that if you
have Outlook on the same machine, a short VBScript through the Windows
Cscript / Wscript facility should be another sufficient alternative to
consider. An example of this can be found at
http://www.mindspring.com/~tflynn/excelvba2.html#Send_Mail  I use something
similar to this, and even though it is written for Excel VBA, the logic
should transfer over to VBScript. And as Jason specifically says, system()
provides the interface you would need to launch the script.

Hope that helps.

Bill Pikounis, Ph.D.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jason Turner [mailto:jasont at indigoindustrial.co.nz] 
> Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 6:33 AM
> To: David Khabie-Zeitoune
> Cc: R-Help
> Subject: Re: [R] Sending emails from R under Windows
> David Khabie-Zeitoune wrote:
> > Does anyone know of any R routines to send emails from R, 
> under Windows?
> > I thought about writing such a facility using the R(D)COM package to
> > drive e.g. MS Outlook, but I don't want to reinvent the 
> wheel. I have
> > found a function Sys.mail in the library syskern, but this 
> only works
> > under Unix by shelling out a mail command. 
> I've used R to call a perl script to handle the mailing; both the raw 
> mail commands, plus the compression of attachments, mime encoding of 
> plots or data files, etc.  Haven't got it handy, but (being perl) it 
> should be very platform independant doing things that way.
> You could run the script either as a system() command, or 
> possibly using 
> the RSperl library from Omegahat (haven't used the latter - just 
> speculating).
> Check out the MIME::Parser and Mail::Sender perl modules.
> Cheers
> Jason
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