Re: [Rd] Warning on backslash sequences (was sprintf behavior)

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Thu 28 Sep 2006 - 15:28:14 GMT

On Thu, 28 Sep 2006, Peter Dalgaard wrote:

> "Gabor Grothendieck" <> writes:
>> That's a good idea for the case I mentioned although there is still
>> the case where one requires a single quoted string (maybe for
>> generating code for some other language) and that is
>> not handled by deparse.
> Yes, but there be devils lurking in there. I think you do in general
> need to know what the other language is. Take a look at shQuote(), for
> instance. (Why, BTW, does that not simply "escape" single quotes using
> '"'"' instead of switching to double-quotes and escaping everything in
> sight?)

I suspect because the references consulted suggested that was not portable. Since 'sh' covers many variants (at least Bourne sh, ash, bash, ksh, zsh) it is hard to get definitive answers.

Brian D. Ripley,        
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