Re: [R] how to set environment variables?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Thu 20 Oct 2005 - 21:51:24 EST

On Thu, 20 Oct 2005, Andreas Zankl wrote:

> The help file of the R bitmap function says that I have to set the
> environment variable R_GSCMD to the path of my Ghostscript
> installation.

Actually, it does not say that. It says you _can_ specify the path to your executable (not the installation) that way. It will work without doing so if the executable 'gs' (on a Unix-alike) is on your path, which it normally is on Unix-alikes.

> How do I set this variable (either by commandline or in
> for Mac)? Sorry if this sounds like a very basic question, but
> I could not find the answer anywhere else.

?Sys.putenv for how to do it from R."environment variable") got me there.

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