[R] Ignore escape characters in a string...

Jonathan Greenberg jgrn at illinois.edu
Wed Apr 9 18:32:34 CEST 2014

Thanks all, I'll try some of these suggestions out but it seems like a
raw string ability could come in helpful -- there aren't any packages
out there that have this capability?


On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 1:23 PM, Jeff Newmiller <jdnewmil at dcn.davis.ca.us> wrote:
> What is wrong with
> winpath <- readLines("clipboard ")
> ?
> If you want to show that as a literal in your code, then don't bother assigning it to a variable, but let it echo to output and copy THAT and put it in your source code.
> There is also file.choose()...
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> On April 8, 2014 8:00:03 AM PDT, Jonathan Greenberg <jgrn at illinois.edu> wrote:
>>One of the minor irritations I have is copying paths from Windows
>>explorer, which look like:
>>C:\Program Files\R\R-3.0.3
>>and using them in a setwd() statement, since the "\" is, of course,
>>interpreted as an escape character.  I have to, at present, manually
>>add in the double slashes or reverse them.
>>So, I'd like to write a quick function that takes this path:
>>winpath <- "C:\Program Files\R\R-3.0.3"
>>and converts it to a ready-to-go R path -- is there a way to have R
>>IGNORE escape characters in a character vector?
>>Alternatively, is there some trick to using a copy/paste from Windows
>>explorer I'm not aware of?

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