[R] Clearing Console- rm(list=ls(all=TRUE)) not working for me

Rolf Turner rolf.turner at xtra.co.nz
Thu Apr 14 08:53:22 CEST 2011

On 14/04/11 15:21, YAddo wrote:
> Dear all again:
> I have been trying to clear weeks of codes in my R console, even after
> quitting and coming back another day!.  One of you out there graciously
> suggested this  rm(list=ls(all=TRUE)). I tried this but no dice.
> Codes tried.
> Ctrl +L , clears for the time
     Clearing the console is completely different from truncating
     your history.

> ...  and the the latest i used ...
> rm(list=ls(all=TRUE))
Talk about the blind leading the blind! The person who gave you that advice
really doesn't understand much if anything about R.  He/she seems to have no
idea about the distinction between completely distinct concepts.


command removes *objects* from your workspace. It has nothing whatever to do
with your history of *commands* (``codes'' as you so quaintly put it).

To get rid of past history you can simply edit your .Rhistory file and 
all but, say the last 50 lines.

If you want to limit your history so that it never contains more than 50
lines you can do


This has to be done every time a new R session is started.  I have a similar
command in my .Rprofile so that it gets done automatically.  I use 
however.  I don't really understand why you object to having a fairly 
long history
available to you.


         Rolf Turner

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