Re: [Rd] Locale problems with too-fancy quotes in Windows CMD.exe

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 20:02:31 +0100 (BST)

On Thu, 20 Sep 2007, Martin Morgan wrote:

> 'Fancy' quotes are displayed incorrectly when running R from Windows'
> CMD shell (Start -> Run -> CMD; latin small letter ae and capital
> letter AE; as a script or interactively)). Is this a system
> configuration issue, and if so how can I correct it?

Yes, use chcp in the terminal or use options(fancyQuotes=FALSE) in R.

Since you are I suppose (I am for some reason supposed to be able to divine, as you don't say and nor does your email address) in the USA, chcp 1252 is probably what you need. Ask Microsoft why it sets up terminals in a different codepage from the Windows' session running: it baffles many people.

> C:\R>Rscript -e sQuote('x')
> [1] "x"
> C:\R>R --version
> R version 2.6.0 beta (2007-09-20 r42920)
> Copyright (C) 2007 The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
> ISBN 3-900051-07-0
> Windows is XP 2002 SP2

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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