"'" prints as "\'"

Martin Maechler Martin Maechler <maechler@stat.math.ethz.ch>
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 11:28:31 +0100

(This reported before).
In R,
prints as

[1] "\'"

which is different from S, and is really unnecessary.
((it is just now uglyfying the output of a function which I wrote for S
  and now use in R)).

Is there any good reason for the current behavior?

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