[R] How to disable character escaping ?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Sep 2 06:36:17 CEST 2008

On Tue, 2 Sep 2008, Leon Yee wrote:

> Dear all,
> 	I have a string (a file path in windows system) contains several 
> "\"s. When I copy and paste it into R for assignment to an variable, the "\"s 
> are always interpreted as escaping characters. How can I keep it intact?

By reading from a file or connection, as in

foo <- scan("", "", n=1)

The parser always interprets \ in strings, so you must avoid the parser.

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