simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Wed May 16 16:43:17 CEST 2007
On May 16, 2007, at 4:07 AM, Timothy Bates wrote:
> 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)
>> OR JUST
> my.data <- read.table("clipboard", header=TRUE)
> Now (2.5) the above forms generate an error
Nothing really changed, it still works even in R 2.5.0 if you use X11
(as Ken pointed out).
> And instead we have to do:
> my.data <- read.table(pipe("pbpaste"), header=TRUE)
That works with any Mac pasteboard.
> 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"
It is not trivial, because a file and a pipe are different connection
types and when you use file("clipboard"), it could mean either pipe
("pbpaste") or pipe("pbcopy","w"), so the purpose it not clear until
you actually open the connection.
IMHO a more clean solution would be to provide a dedicated clipboard
() function which would create a clipboard connection, regardless of
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