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

Berend Hasselman bhh at xs4all.nl
Sun Feb 4 10:53:44 CET 2018

Why not use the R bundle for TextMate and run your script directly in TextMate? You'll get nice output.

And if you want to run R directly and get the output in a .Rout file you can add a command to the R bundle, create a small script that runs R in batch.
Create a new command in the R bundle, give it an appropriate name  and then put this in the body of the command:

[[ -f "${TM_SUPPORT_PATH}/lib/bash_init.sh" ]] && . "${TM_SUPPORT_PATH}/lib/bash_init.sh"

if [[ ${#TM_DIRECTORY} -gt 0 ]]; then
    exit_show_tool_tip "Save file first!"    

R CMD BATCH --encoding=UTF-8 --no-save --no-timing ${TM_FILENAME}
mate ${TM_FILENAME}out

Berend Hasselman

> On 4 Feb 2018, at 01:23, 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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