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

From: Issac Trotts <issac.trotts_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed 10 May 2006 - 18:08:23 EST

On 5/9/06, Prof Brian Ripley <ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk> wrote:
> On Wed, 10 May 2006, Peter Dalgaard wrote:
>
> > "Issac Trotts" <issac.trotts@gmail.com> writes:
> >
> >> I'm on Linux, so it didn't occur to me to look in the Windows FAQ
> >> until it came up in the Google search. Why should Windows users be
> >> the only ones who learn how to change directories?
> >
> > Well, on Linux et al., the normal mode of operation is to start R from
> > the commmand line in the directory where you want to be. On Windows
> > you start from a desktop icon or a menu entry, which implies that
> > you're always in the same directory, and usually the wrong one.
>
> Exactly. I don't think I have ever used setwd() on Linux.
>
> Also, I have never seen this asked before for a Unix-alike, so it seems
> not to be a >F<AQ. There is a common tendency for users who run into a
> problem to think everyone does too, and it isn't necessarily so.
>
> Frequently asked questions do make it to the FAQs: it is a defence
> mechanism for the volunteers supporting R.
>
> help.search("directory") gets you there.

OK, good to know. Thanks for helping.



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