Re: [R] Opening files from R terminal - appologies

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 14:50:33 +0100 (BST)

What I suggest you do is

  1. Put the R bin directory in your path.
  2. cd to your working directory, and start Rterm.exe from there.
  3. Then

dat <- read.csv("InitialDataAnalysis.csv")

should work. Note, there is no 'read.file', and of the many read.* functions you want to read a .csv file so it is read.csv you want.

On Tue, 22 Jul 2008, Williams, Robin wrote:

> Dear all,
> I appologise for cluttering up the list with such a basic question,
> however I have been unable to find the answer I want (possibly through
> my poor usage of the R help system).
> As I am visually impaired and using assistive technology, I think I
> would prefer to use R from the terminal mode, i.e. by running rterm.exe
> found in the bin directory.
> I have managed to set my working directory, I know this as typing
> getwd() returns
> u:/copd/r
> which is the directory I want. In this directory is a file named
> InitialDataAnalysis.csv
> which I would like to read in to R. However, I am simply unable to find
> the surely simple command to do this. Just typing
> InitialDataAnalysis.csv reports "object not found" etc, as does
> read.file("InitialDataAnalysis.csv") etc. I am surely making a simple
> mistake? Please could someone tell me how to read this file in to the
> terminal window?
> I know the file is in the directory and in the correct format as I am
> able to open it successfully in the R GUI, in this environment the file
> works properly, I can subset it, make dataframes etc, but as I say I
> would like to be able to do this in the terminal rather than the GUI.

If you follow my 1) and 2), this should work exactly like using Rgui.exe.

> I am new to R so please have patients with this request.
> Many thanks for any help,
> Robin.
> Robin Williams
> Met Office summer intern - Health Forecasting
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