[R] dvips function gives "Documents not found" error

Frank E Harrell Jr feh3k at spamcop.net
Mon Nov 24 14:12:28 CET 2003

On Mon, 24 Nov 2003 10:53:48 +0000 (GMT)
Prof Brian Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> wrote:

> This is a question about Hmisc, I believe, although you certainly did
> not mention it.  Looking at the source code I see
>     sys(paste("cd", tempdir(), sc, optionsCmds("latex"), tmp))
> do my guess is that it is writing .dvi files in tempdir().
> If you look up help on tempdir() you will see how to avoid this,
> Moral: don't guess, and don't make your readers guess either.
> And to Frank Harrell as author of Hmisc: spaces are valid in file names 
> even on Unix/Linux, so it would be nice if this could be corrected.

I've resisted this until now.  The fix appears to be to surround tempdir()
and tmp by dQuote( ). This will be in the next release.  I'm assuming that
superfluous quotes never hurt.   -Frank
Frank E Harrell Jr    Professor and Chair            School of Medicine
                      Department of Biostatistics    Vanderbilt University

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