Re: [R] Downloading a csv from Dropbox using the shareable link

From: Bryan Hanson <hanson_at_depauw.edu>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 13:43:02 -0400

Thanks Ian, not too late at all. I need to do some testing but your idea seems like it should work. Thanks, Bryan

On May 23, 2011, at 12:44 PM, Ian Gow wrote:

> This might be a little late, but one option for this issue might be
> to add
> a line like
> Sys.setenv("DROPBOX_PATH" = "/Users/PersonA/Dropbox/")
> to Person A's .Rprofile (on my Mac, this is in my home directory)
> and the
> equivalent (mutatis mutandis) to Person B's .Rprofile and then use
> Sys.getenv("DROPBOX_PATH")
> to access the path. It seems from looking at forums for Dropbox that
> there
> is no easily accessed environment variable that Dropbox sets for the
> path
> to the Dropbox folder.
>
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> Hi Patrick, here is the set up:
>
> Everyone is already sharing all the files and has full access. We
> have an Rnw file which generates a report and uses a csv file in a
> "nearby" directory. Dropbox keeps it all sync'd. But, if Person A is
> working on the file on their computer the path to the data would be
> (Mac OSX) /Users/PersonA/Dropbox/Project/data.csv However, to Person
> B the path would be /Users/PersonB/Dropbox/data.csv I'm looking for a
> way to keep the path to data.csv universal and independent of who is
> actually using the file. That's why I was looking at the "shareable
> link" feature on Dropbox.
>
> I guess I see two solutions (partially answering my own question now).
>
> 1. Keep the data file in the same directory as the report and I don't
> think there would be any problems.
> 2. In the Rnw file, use a relative path. I know you can do this for
> instance when you specify where the graphics go. I suppose the same
> approach would allow me to specify the path as going up one level and
> then down into a different directory. As long as I bury these folders
> deep enough that I don't have to use a relative path that ever hits
> the "PersonX" level I suppose it will work.
>
> I'll try it out. Further suggestions welcome. Thanks, Bryan
>
> On May 20, 2011, at 8:24 PM, Patrick Connolly wrote:
>
>> On Fri, 20-May-2011 at 02:05PM -0400, Bryan Hanson wrote:
>>>> Hello Kindred R Spirits...
>>>>> I'm trying to get a file (csv) from Dropbox using their shareable
>>> link
>>> concept. They issue a short URL that goes to a web page where you
>>> see a
>>> button that says "Download File". They don't really give you the
>>> URL of
>>> the file itself, just this page. Is there a way to coax R into
>>> getting
>>> such a file? I don't even really want the file per se, I just
>>> want a
>>> Dropbox allows you to share folders with other Dropbox users who
>>> would
>> then have access to your file/s as a file/s on their individual
>> computers. It would mean that any collaborator would have to have a
>> Dropbox account and they'd all end up downloading the file. If there
>> aren't too many for you to individually invite and it's not excessive
>> bandwidth for them to download that many copies of the file, it would
>> be easily done. (You might even get yourself some more diskspace on
>> Dropbox by inviting other users.)
>>> You'd have to think about whose version has what effect on others
>>> but
>> without knowing your objectives, it's impossible for me to say what's
>> the best approach.
>>> HTH
>>>>>> path to the file so I can reference it for Sweave purposes and
>>>>>> read
>>> the
>>> contents into an object. Seems like a job for RCurl but I have
>>> little
>>> experience and this seems like an odd case anyway.
>>>>> By the way, I want to do this as a way to have several people on
>>> different computers run a .Rnw file that needs to access common
>>> data set
>>> w/o changing the path to the file each time a different person
>>> opens the
>>> file and works on it. Perhaps there is another way of doing this.
>>>>> Thanks for any suggestions. Bryan
>>> ****************
>>> Prof. Bryan Hanson
>>> Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry
>>> DePauw University
>>> Greencastle IN 46135 USA
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