Re: [Rd] Best way to locate R executable from within R?

From: Simon Urbanek <simon.urbanek_at_r-project.org>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 14:07:55 -0400

On May 22, 2012, at 1:47 PM, Dan Tenenbaum <dtenenba_at_fhcrc.org> wrote:

> On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM, Henrik Bengtsson <hb_at_biostat.ucsf.edu> wrote:

>> Hi,
>>
>> I'd like to spawn of a new R process from within R using system(),
>> e.g. system("R -f myScript.R"). However, just specifying "R" as in
>> that example is not guaranteed to work, because "R" may not be on the
>> OS's search path.
>>
>> What is the best way, from within a running R, to infer the command
>> (basename or full path) for launching R in way that it works on any
>> OS? I came up with the following alternatives, but I'm not sure if
>> they'll work everywhere or not:
>>
>> 1. Rbin <- commandArgs()[1];
>>
>> 2. Rbin <- file.path(R.home(), "bin", "R");
>>
>> Other suggestions that are better?
> 
> Rbin <- file.path(Sys.getenv("R_HOME"), "bin", "R")
> 

That is certainly worse, not better.

  1. doesn't work because it may be a relative path.
  2. Sounds pretty good - since the environment will be set by the current R.
> Dan
> 
> 

>>
>> /Henrik
>>
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