Re: [R] File > Save As...

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:57:59 -0400

On 11-03-14 5:03 PM, Gene Leynes wrote:
> As much as I love R, there are still the occasional shortcomings.
>
> I would love to find a solution to the "save as..." problem.
>
> Steps to reproduce the problem:
>
> 1. Open any version of he R GUI in Windows
> 2. Choose "File> Open" from the menu
> 3. Open a script that is in a different directory
> 4. Choose "File> Save As" from the menu
>
> In just about any other application you would be presented with a GUI
> showing the current folder of the script and the current name of the
> script. You could then edit the name and save.
>
> In R, you have to find the directory of the script and the script name. It
> can be annoying from a GUI perspective, especially if you typically work in
> one directory and store your scripts somewhere else, and the problem is
> worse when you have many script versions or directories.
>
> I know there are many ways to work around this issue.
> I also know about the batch file project.
>
> However, it seems like this is something that users shouldn't *need* to work
> around.
>
> I think this is related to the fact that R has no way of knowing the
> location of any open script file.
> (Please correct me if I'm wrong about that last part! )
>
> I think this has come up before, but I couldn't find it in my searches.
> Is this a problem for other users as well?
> Should I post this to the development list?
> Is this change known to be possible / impossible?
> Can I help make the change?

I think it's simply a matter of different working patterns. R offers the current working directory to save into. For some people, that's fine. Others (like you) want some other default.

I don't think we want to make the editor so elaborate that it caters to every taste. If you want a better editor, there are lots out there, including several that have good integration with R (Emacs, Eclipse, WinEdt, TinnR, etc.) I think it would be best to use one of those editors, customized to suit your needs.

Duncan Murdoch

>
> Thanks
>
> Gene
>
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