[R] Can't there be a cd command?

From: Issac Trotts <issac.trotts_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed 10 May 2006 - 07:50:46 EST


R is quite a powerful environment. Here's a small way it could be even better.

I wanted to change the working directory, so I tried the obvious thing

> cd("foo")

Error: couldn't find function "cd"

Then I looked for `directory' in the FAQ but found nothing. A search for directory in the introduction also turned up nothing.

A Google search for "gnu R change directory" brought up a link to the Windows FAQ, and there was the answer: setwd. Oddly enough, setwd is not mentioned in the general FAQ, the introduction, or the language definition.

Hopefully someone can add a mention of setwd to the general FAQ or the intro. Even better would be to have a cd() command, since that's what almost every beginner will try first.



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