[Rd] gsub("\\", "\\\\", "C:\Program Files\R")

Michael Lachmann lachmann at eva.mpg.de
Fri Aug 12 14:19:16 CEST 2011

Interesting question. It is really about how to avoid the interpretation of \ as an escape character in a string. I wonder if it is possible.

Anyway, have you tried the following:

"clipboard" is a special filename that tells R to read from the clipboard.


On 12 Aug 2011, at 10:52AM, mafia88 wrote:

> Hi,
> I think it is not possible in R but I rather ask before giving up:
> What I have: I have copied "C:\Program Files\R" into my clipboard.
> What I want: setwd(transform("C:\Program Files\R")) where the function
> transform should change the "C:\Program Files\R" from my clipboard to
> "C:\\Program Files\\R" so that R can handle it. Is this possible?
> I've tried with gsub("\\", "\\\\", "C:\Program Files\R") but failed, then
> tried first to split the full clipboard string cause \P is reserved in R but
> with strsplit("C:\Program Files\R", "") I also failed.
> Therefore the question: It is really necessary to manually add a second "\"
> in "C:\Program Files\R", so that setwd("C:\\Program Files\\R") can change my
> work directory? 
> Cause I am getting tired making this manually... yes I know I can use the
> Search&Replace function from the Editor but I thought R can do everything?
> I hope someone could help me :(
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