[R-SIG-Mac] How to find the path for a file to be read with read.table() in a Mac

Bryan Hanson h@n@on @end|ng |rom dep@uw@edu
Sat Feb 13 17:15:50 CET 2021

You can also point R to the directory where the file of interest is, rather than moving the file to the directory where R is currently pointing.



> On Feb 13, 2021, at 9:02 AM, Parkhurst, David F. <parkhurs using indiana.edu> wrote:
> Thank you.  I thought I�d seen in some book that in a Mac, one had to specify paths in the way I tried.
> From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan using gmail.com>
> Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:49 AM
> To: Parkhurst, David F. <parkhurs using indiana.edu>, r-sig-mac using r-project.org <r-sig-mac using r-project.org>
> Subject: Re: [R-SIG-Mac] How to find the path for a file to be read with read.table() in a Mac
> On 13/02/2021 10:42 a.m., Parkhurst, David F. wrote:
>> I�ve several times to figure this out with no luck.  I�ve moved a tab delimited text file (created from excel) to the desktop to simplify the path.  If I click on the file and ask Get Info, it lists �Where� as  iCloud Drive > Desktop.  If I copy that to the clipboard and paste that into a read.table command in the R console, it comes up as /Users/DFP/Desktop.  But if I try read.table("\\Users\\DFP\\Desktop\\moabsitechem<file:///Users/DFP/Desktop/moabsitechem>"), I get No such file or directory.  How can I get that file into a data frame?
>> Is there some place in my Mac that I can put the file so I could enter just the file name, and not the whole path?
> It doesn't make sense to use backslashes in the path:  macOS will see
> those as part of the name, not as path separators.  Just use
> read.table("/Users/DFP/Desktop/moabsitechm") if that's the filename.
> Duncan Murdoch
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