[R] where does R search when source()?

Renaud Lancelot renaud.lancelot at cirad.fr
Sun Jul 11 09:13:52 CEST 2004

I do agree with you: in my opinion, creating a package is not a general 
solution when you just want to save the script of a whole data analysis 
for the purpose of, say, a paper or a report.

To meet this goal, I save the script in a text file and I use a text 
editor with sourcing facilities (e.g. WinEdt + R-WinEdt, Xemacs + 
ESS,...: see Software ==> Other section on CRAN).

See recent threads on this topic, e.g. 



Shin, Daehyok wrote:
> Considering replies to my question, typical practices of R users seem:
> 1. Creating a special function to source frequently used scripts.
> 2. Creating a personal package containing frequently used scripts.
> Both of them needs additional steps to edit the function or to
> create/install the package
> when a script file is edited or added. My suggestion can save the effort.
> In the sense to make R more convenient environment to users, is it trivial?
> Daehyok Shin
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Roger D. Peng [mailto:rpeng at jhsph.edu]
>>Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2004 PM 11:14
>>To: sdhyok at email.unc.edu
>>Cc: Liaw, Andy; R, Help
>>Subject: Re: [R] where does R search when source()?
>>In fact, there is an elegant solution, and that is to write a
>>package.  If this is all for personal use, then writing a package
>>can be as simple as creating a few directories, copying the
>>script files, and then running R CMD INSTALL.  I do this all the
>>time when I have multiple projects that use the same code.
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