[R-SIG-Mac] R-SIG-Mac] Clipboard

ken knoblauch knoblauch at lyon.inserm.fr
Wed May 16 13:20:06 CEST 2007

read.table("clipboard") still works on my R 2.4.1 if you have x11 open, 
but not
if you don't.

 From a thread that appeared on the r-devel list that I can't locate 
just now,
it's apparently not that obvious how to extend this generally to the 
Mac although that
might chance in the future.

> Hi there,
> This command  to use the clipboard as a data source used (pre 2.4?)
> to work on OS X:
>  my.data <- read.table(file("clipboard"),header=TRUE)
>  my.data <- read.table("clipboard", header=TRUE)
> Now (2.5) the above forms generate an error
> > Error in open.connection(file, "r") : unable to open connection
> > In addition: Warning message:
> > Clipboard cannot be opened or contains no text
> And instead we have to do:
> my.data <- read.table(pipe("pbpaste"), header=TRUE)
> I wonder as this is quite a nice feature, and widely used, if the PC 
> version
> should not be emulated on the mac (i.e., both the os x terminology 
> "pbpaste"
> and the generic and user friendly "clipboard" work?
> It would seem especially valuable as it will help scripts stay
> cross-platform. The only drawback i can see if that you couldn't access
> files called "clipboard" stored in the target directory, but that 
> seems no
> practical loss.
> Tim

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