[Rd] feature request Windows: open .R script with Rgui.exe from (PR#13811)

murdoch at stats.uwo.ca murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Tue Jul 7 03:40:09 CEST 2009

On 06/07/2009 6:50 AM, f.papenmeier at iwm-kmrc.de wrote:
> Full_Name: Frank Papenmeier
> Version: 2.9.1
> OS: Windows Vista
> Submission from: (NULL) (
> Hi,
> is it possible to modify Rgui.exe in order to allow the following behavior:
> Double-click in Windows explorer on fooscript.R will open an instance of
> Rgui.exe with the script being opened as well as the working directory being set
> to the directory of fooscript.R

That sounds like a reasonable request.  I'll review a patch to implement 
it if you write one (or convince someone else to do so).  One way would 
be to change the R edit() command so it doesn't wait for you to finish 
editing; then it could all be done by R code run from your startup file.

Duncan Murdoch

> Currently, one has to open Rgui.exe, select "open script", select the script,
> and change the working directory to the script location afterwards.
> (BTW: In R 2.8.1 one could open the script by selecting the File->"open script"
> menu and afterwards one had to select File->"change directory" and it would
> instantly suggest the directory of the R script. Now (with R 2.9.1) it shows the
> Documents directoy after selecting File->"change directory", again. This is very
> annoying as I need to click through all my folders twice. That is why I would
> very much appreciate a possibility of directly opening a R script and changing
> the working directory from the Windows explorer.)
> Thanks!
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