[R] Does R have a command for sending emails?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue May 10 13:41:33 CEST 2005

On Tue, 10 May 2005, Philippe Grosjean wrote:

> Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>> On Mon, 9 May 2005, Fernando Saldanha wrote:
>>> Is there a way to have an R program send an email?
>> No.  There have been proposals to do this, but it is highly OS-specific, 
>> and also likely to hit security issues.
>> You could take a look at what bug.report() does (which is nothing on some 
>> platforms).
> ...but on most, if not all systems, you can use command-line applications to 
> send emails... and since R can start command-line applications with system(), 
> you should get that functionnality easily "incorporated" into R. Just use 
> Google a little bit!

Yes, that is what bug.report does.  I don't know of one that is guarenteed 
to exist on Windows: the `blat' that Uwe Ligges mentioned is not standard.
(Windows does have a standard set of system calls, and they are quite 
likely to be firewalled from unknown applications like R.)

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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