[R] tab auto-fill and arrow keys are not working in R on a linux cluster

Shi, Tao shidaxia at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 4 01:47:58 CEST 2014

Hi List,

We have R 3.1.0 installed on the head node of our linux cluster, but the tab auto-complete and the arrow keys are not working.  When I was trying to use the up/down arrow key to scroll through the old command history I got something like this.  Any ideas on what's going on here?

Many thanks!


> sessionInfo()
R version 3.1.0 (2014-04-10)
Platform: x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu (64-bit)

 [1] LC_CTYPE=en_US.iso885915       LC_NUMERIC=C
 [3] LC_TIME=en_US.iso885915        LC_COLLATE=en_US.iso885915
 [5] LC_MONETARY=en_US.iso885915    LC_MESSAGES=en_US.iso885915
 [7] LC_PAPER=en_US.iso885915       LC_NAME=C
 [9] LC_ADDRESS=C                   LC_TELEPHONE=C

attached base packages:
[1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base
> ^[[A^[[A^[[A^[[A
Error: unexpected input in "

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