[Rd] Sys.readlink (on BSD vs Linux)
simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Mon Feb 29 16:02:01 CET 2016
> On Feb 29, 2016, at 5:59 AM, Sven Templer <sven.templer at gmail.com> wrote:
> sorry for not being clear enough.
> My problem is represented with the following code, running on OSX:
> mkdir ~/test
> ln -s ~/test ~/testlink
> touch ~/test/foo
> Rscript -e 'Sys.readlink(c("~/test/foo", "~/testlink/foo")); normalizePath(c("~/test/foo","~/testlink/foo"))'
> I expected `Sys.readlink` to show the same output as `normalizePath`.
Why? To quote from the Sys.readlink() docs:
A character vector of the same length as ‘paths’. The entries are
the path of the file linked to, ‘""’ if the path is not a symbolic
since you are referring to a file and not a link the result is as expected "" - both on OS X and Linux.
> Also, I think the readlink.h imported to R to be the same as from the system's `readlink` command, thus mimicking the command line difference.
> Am I wrong with the latter? Anyway, the behaviour is irritating, thus the request to at least mention `normalizePath` in the Rd of `Sys.readlink`.
>> On 29 Feb 2016, at 11:44, Mikko Korpela <mikko.korpela at aalto.fi> wrote:
>> On 29.02.2016 10:34, Sven E. Templer wrote:
>>> Hello together,
>>> the function `Sys.readlink` uses the system's readlink command to resolve symlink paths. On OSX/BSD the command has a different meaning than on Linux .
>>> There exists the tool 'realpath', which seems suitable for the task, at least applied at the command line level . It is used in `normalizePath`.
>>> I suggest (at least the latter) to
>>> * use realpath instead readlink within Sys.readlink (do_readlink -> do_normalizepath)
>>> * link to `normalizePath` in the Rd document, eventually mentioning the difference
>>> Many thanks,
>>>  see
>> What do you mean by "different meaning"? How are the command line tools
>>  relevant when R is using the C function 'readlink'?
>> Mikko Korpela
>> Aalto University School of Science
>> Department of Computer Science
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