[R] copy/paste of large amount of code to terminal leads to scrambled/missing characters

Bert Gunter bgunter.4567 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 4 05:33:30 CET 2018

Obvious suggestion: use a more capable IDE instead of Textmate2 with

RStudio is very popular now, but there are many others . Search on e.g. "R
IDE For MAC" to see some alternatives.


Bert Gunter

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On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 4:51 PM, Jeff Newmiller <jdnewmil at dcn.davis.ca.us>

> This sounds like a problem with your editor or the OS clipboard support
> rather than R. You might get a response here, but R-sig-mac seems more
> appropriate to me for such discussion.
> --
> Sent from my phone. Please excuse my brevity.
> On February 3, 2018 4:23:54 PM PST, Martin Batholdy via R-help <
> r-help at r-project.org> wrote:
> >Dear R-users,
> >
> >This question might not be restricted to R, but I hope that some might
> >have experienced similar problems and could help me.
> >
> >When using R, I usually work with a text-editor (textmate2) in which I
> >prepare the script.
> >To execute code, I then copy and paste it to an R-session running in
> >the terminal/shell (on Mac OS).
> >
> >Unfortunately, when pasting too much code into the terminal (e.g. 60
> >lines), some characters are occasionally and randomly scrambled or
> >missing.
> >For example "col <- ifelse(..." turns into "col < col < cse(…".
> >
> >This happens very randomly, is difficult to predict, and while it only
> >affects a hand full of characters in total, it leads to a lot of errors
> >in the code execution along the way.
> >Apparently, it has to do with the buffer size and paste-speed of the
> >terminal.
> >
> >So far, I could not find any solution to the problem.
> >
> >Therefore, I wanted to ask;
> >Do others here use a similar workflow (i.e. having a text-editor for
> >coding and using copy/paste to the terminal for code execution) and
> >encountered similar problems with big chunks of code in the clipboard?
> >Are there any solutions for this problem, specifically for running R
> >over the shell?
> >
> >Thank you very much!
> >
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