[R] What does the shell() command do?

l.chhay leanne.chhay at abs.gov.au
Thu Jan 13 01:18:18 CET 2011

Dear R community,

I am trying to understand what the shell() function does.

An example is:

xfile <- shell(paste("dir/b ",

I'm afraid I wasn't able to completely understand the explanation under the
Help files.

Thanks for your help!

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