Re: [R] problem with the .Rhistory

From: Rolf Turner <>
Date: Wed 28 Jul 2004 - 20:53:07 EST

I recall having a similar problem a while back, and it turned out that it was due to command line editing not being available. This in turn was due to a problem with the readline package. I think we had a flakey version (obtained as a Sun package?) and when we got another version (from GNU?) and installed it --- and then rebuilt R --- command line editing (and savehistory()) worked fine.

Sorry to be vague, but I don't have good records of what went on, and it was a couple of years ago.

Check on command line editing first --- in R execute


and if ``cledit'' turns out to be FALSE, then readline is probably your problem. Peter Dalgaard may be able to give you better insight as to how to fix it.


					Rolf Turner


Nathalie.Peyrard wrote:

> The history function doesn't seems to work when I am working with R.
> I have a .Rhistory file in my working directory and I have tried
> savehistory(file = ".Rhistory")
> or the command given in the history help :
> .Last <- function()
> if(interactive()) try(savehistory(".Rhistory"))
> and I get the same error message
> Error in savehistory(file) : no history available to save
> Is there any other variable to set up? mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! Received on Wed Jul 28 21:04:59 2004

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