[R-SIG-Mac] download.file suggestion: if(OSX){ use curl}

Timothy Bates timothy.c.bates at gmail.com
Mon Jul 4 13:38:04 CEST 2011

Dear R mac users,

As services that enforce secure connections like https sftp proliferate, it would be nice if R could handle accessing files over the secure services.

Currently download.file() doesn’t handle https (or anything secure)

The special interest for Mac users is that we have <curl> out of the box. 

I wonder if the download.file() function could be special cased for our platforms that have curl on board and use that?

best wishes,

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