[R] Non-interpreted strings

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Fri Jul 28 19:05:04 CEST 2006

Enter this at the console

   x <- scan(what = "")

and after pressing the enter after the right paren,
do a paste and then press enter twice.

On 7/27/06, douglas.stave at wellsfargo.com <douglas.stave at wellsfargo.com> wrote:
> I am new to R, so please forgive me if there is an obvious answer to
> this question.  I have done fairly extensive searching through R docs,
> google and a few R users and have not found an answer to my question.
> Is there a way to create a non-interpreted string object in R?
> For example, I am using R in a MS Windows environment and I would like
> to paste DOS paths into some R command:
>        setwd("c:\some\directory")
> Obviously this does not work because of the escaping mechanism.  And I
> know the obvious answer, use "\\".  But if you do a lot of pasting into
> R it could get tedious manually editing escape sequences.
> I did find a workable solution to this particular problem:
>        setwd(choose.dir())<Enter><Paste><Enter>
> This saves me from having to do the editing myself.  I can conceive of
> other examples of wanting to paste other more abstract stings into R
> that may happen to have a \ in it.  And now, thanks to choose.dir(), I
> have a way to do the translation automagically but...
> My question is, is there any way in R to not interpret the string and
> store the string as is?  For instance, Perl allows you to do interpreted
> (" ") and non-interpreted strings (' ').  This does not work in R; ' '
> acts just like " " and my testing indicates that the interpretation is
> done at parse time.  Is there any language level construct for creating
> a non-interpreted string in R?
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