Re: [R] access networked PCs directories/files with R ?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2008 12:23:58 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 1 Apr 2008, mel wrote:

> access networked PCs directories/files with R ?
> Dear group,
> I would like to know if there is an "easy" way to access several
> networked PCs directories/files from one PC with R ?
> Concerned OS is windows.
> I can for instance use dir() on my current PC.
> Is there a way to do dir() on a connected PC ?
> (Is there a special syntax for the path ?)

If it works at all, the usual syntax will work. E.g.

> dir("\\\\reeve\\temp")

[1] "biblio.tex" "R"

(that's \\reeve\temp, the share \temp on machine 'reeve').

> (read.table() or readLines() work with URLs
> I imagine it may also work on connected shared PCs)

No, because MS has not implemented the RFC1738 for URLs to apply to remote machines. See ?url.

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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