Re: [R] Printing output in STDOUT

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 16:59:02 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 20 May 2008, Esmail Bonakdarian wrote:

> Edward Wijaya wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Currently the R script I have is executed with this command:
>> $ R CMD BATCH mycode.R
>> And the output is stored in mycode.Rout.
>> Is there a way I can issue command from shell (like above)
>> so that the output is printed to STDOUT?
>> It's troublesome to open the "Rout" file every time to debug.
> Under a Unix system you could try to pipe the command into tail -f
> i.e.,
> $ R CMD BATCH mycode.R | tail -f
> That should display the file as it gets written.

Buffering may get in the way -- so 'gets written' may be much later than when it is output by R.

> I don't have access to a Unix system right now to give this a try
> but it should be a work around until someone who knows more about
> R can come up with an answer.

What is wrong with

R --vanilla < mycode.R

or variants like

R --no-save < mycode.R
R --no-save -f mycode.R

or even

Rscript mycode.R

? R CMD BATCH is intended (unsurprisingly) for batch use of R.

> Esmail

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