Re: [R] save in for loop

From: Joris Meys <>
Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2010 12:46:16 +0200

On a side note:

On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM, Ivan Calandra <> wrote:
> Thanks to all of you for your answers!
> ...
> Tao, I don't understand why you have backslashes before "file" and after
> .rda. I guess it's something about regular expression, but I'm still
> very new to it.
> eval(parse(text=paste("save(file", i, ", file=\"file", i, ".rda\")",
> sep="")))
Very simple: You need to give a command as a string. In the save command, you have to put quotation marks around the filename. Now within the paste function, a simple quotation mark would make R believe the string to paste ends there, and you don't want that. So you escape the " by typing \", then R knows you want to add the symbol " to the string instead of end it. :

> paste("save(file", i, ", file=\"file", i, ".rda\")",sep="")
[1] "save(file2, file=\"file2.rda\")"

> parse(text=paste("save(file", i, ", file=\"file", i, ".rda\")",sep=""))

expression(save(file2, file="file2.rda")) attr(,"srcfile")

> paste("save(file", i, ", file="file", i, ".rda")",sep="")
Error: unexpected symbol in "paste("save(file", i, ", file="file"

Hope it's a bit more clear now.

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