[R] Perl "cut" equivalent in R

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Thu Dec 2 01:12:37 CET 2010

On Dec 1, 2010, at 6:59 PM, Jonathan Flowers wrote:

> Thanks Sarah, you are right.  In perl,  "cut" serves the function of
> eliminating a block of code from being executed in a script.  When  
> "=cut" is
> placed above and below the code that you do not wish to execute then  
> the
> interpreter will skip over the code.  There are lots of ways to  
> solve the
> problem, but cut is a handy solution.

The question now sounds analogous to questions that have been raised  
in the past requesting a block comment feature. There isn't one. There  
are a variety of work-arounds but the usual response has been: figure  
out how to do it (meaning line-by-line "#" insertions)  with your  

One of the workarounds... the one I remember anyway...  has been to  

if(FALSE) {
stuff your don't want executed

(There is of, course, a cut function and it is for a very different  

> Thanks.
> On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 6:31 PM, Sarah Goslee  
> <sarah.goslee at gmail.com> wrote:
>> It would help if you told us what you wanted this function to do,
>> and provided an example. Not everyone speaks Perl.
>> Sarah
>> On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 6:10 PM, Jonathan Flowers
>> <jonathanmflowers at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Does anyone know of a command in R that is equivalent to the =cut
>> function
>>> in Perl?
>>> Thanks.
>>> Jonathan
>> --
>> Sarah Goslee
>> http://www.functionaldiversity.org
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David Winsemius, MD
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