[R] Difficulties with setting working directory

Roebuck,Paul L proebuck at mdanderson.org
Tue Oct 18 19:07:03 CEST 2016

On 10/14/16, 1:52 PM, "R-help on behalf of Anže Dejak" wrote:

>So, the thing with my version of R (I'm using RStudio for R x64 3.3.0 in,
>currently, Windows 7) is, that I'm able to set the working directory
>temporary (through using setwd() function), but once I try to set it
>permanently (through "Session -> Set Working Directory -> Choose
>Directory..."), this error appears: Error in setwd("~/...") : cannot
>working directory.
>As I've seen online on certain forums, the problem, supposedly, is that R
>in Windows is unable to recognize the ~ sign. But without it, I'm unable
>set the working directory for more than a session.
>I'd hope you have a possible answer to this error.

Two problems:

1) R won't convert "~" to its shell equivalent without using path.expand()
2) There is no "..." directory [only "." (current) or ".." (parent)]

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