Re: [Rd] Perhaps a stupid question about clipboards....

From: Byron Ellis <>
Date: Fri 12 Jan 2007 - 00:49:13 GMT

On 1/11/07, Martin Maechler <> wrote:
> Byron> Why is the clipboard accessed through file() and not,
> Byron> say, a clipboard() connection? Is there a good reason
> Byron> for this or is it simply historical?
> Why use a new function name for just one special case?
> Or do you ask because it would help *find* the feature?

For the same reason that pipes have their own function? Additionally, some systems have named clipboards (e.g. OS X and IIRC X11, though that may require an extension of some sort) that you might want to access explicitly.

Actually, ?clipboard turns up the right help page so if you didn't know that there wasn't such a function you'd end up at the right place (if perhaps a bit confused). As it happens, I use OS X so I had to use pipe() since there isn't built in functionality. :-)

> Martin

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