[Rd] running Sweave from Windows XP Explorer

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Jan 16 16:02:57 CET 2005

On Sun, 16 Jan 2005, Uwe Ligges wrote:

> Gordon K Smyth wrote:

>> I'd like to create a suitable batch file or shortcut so that I can run 
>> Sweave on a .Rnw or .Rtex file simply by clicking on the file from 
>> Windows Explorer in Windows XP (as I do with latex, bibtex etc).  This 
>> looks tantalisingly possible using R CMD BATCH or Rterm possibly in 
>> combination with a .bat file.  Has anyone succeeded is setting it up 
>> and would give me a pointer?

> As a very simple starting *idea*, a batch file could look like, e.g.,
>  R CMD BATCH --no-save c:/myscripts/MakeSweave.R
>  texi2dvi --pdf %1.tex
>  gsview32 %1.pdf
> with MakeSweave.R:
>  library(tools)
>  for(i in list.files(pattern = "\\.Rnw$")) Sweave(i)

Another idea would be

rterm --no-save --args "%1" < c:/myscripts/MakeSweave.R > "%1.log"

where MakeSweave.R was

args <- commandArgs()
inp <- args[length(args)]
base <- sub("\.(Rnw|Rtex)$", "", inp)
texi2dvi(paste("base", ".tex", sep=""), pdf=TRUE)
shell.exec(paste("base", ".pdf", sep=""))

Worked for me (in R-devel) on the example in utils/Sweave.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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