[R] R 2.5.1 - Rscript through tee

François Pinard pinard at iro.umontreal.ca
Mon Aug 27 04:47:18 CEST 2007

Hi, people.

I met a little problem for which someone might have a solution.  Let's 
say I have an executable file (named "pp.R") with this contents:

   a <- 1
   a <- 2

If I execute "./pp.R" at the shell prompt, the output shows the timely 
progress of the script as expected.  If I use "./pp.R | tee OUT" 
instead, the output seems buffered and I see it all at once at the end.

The problem does not come from the "tee" program, as if I use this 

   (echo a; sleep 5; echo b) | tee OUT

the output is timely, not batched.

So, is there a way to tell R (or Rscript) that standard output should be 
unbuffered, even if it is not directly connected to a terminal?

In case useful, here is local R information:

 platform = x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
 arch = x86_64
 os = linux-gnu
 system = x86_64, linux-gnu
 status = 
 major = 2
 minor = 5.1
 year = 2007
 month = 06
 day = 27
 svn rev = 42083
 language = R
 version.string = R version 2.5.1 (2007-06-27)


Search Path:
 .GlobalEnv, package:stats, package:utils, package:datasets, fp.etc, package:graphics, package:grDevices, package:methods, Autoloads, package:base

François Pinard   http://pinard.progiciels-bpi.ca

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