[Rd] Bug in RScript.exe for 3.5.0

Tomas Kalibera tomas.kalibera at gmail.com
Thu Apr 26 01:52:31 CEST 2018

Thanks for the report. A quick workaround before this gets fixed is to 
add an extra first argument that has no space in it, e.g.

Rscript --vanilla "foo bar.R"

The problem exists on all systems, not just Windows.


On 04/25/2018 09:55 PM, Kerry Jackson wrote:
> Hi R Developers,
> I have found what I think is a bug in the RScript.exe in version 3.5.0 of R for Windows.
> When I call Rscript.exe for Version 3.5 of R, it is unable to open the file if the file name or path has a space in it.
> As an example of what happens, I saved 2 files with the code:
> cat("What do you get when you multiply 6 * 9?")
> as C:\foo bar.R and as C:\foo_bar.R
> When I in a DOS command window try to run these using version 3.4.3 and 3.5:
> C:\>"C:\Program Files\R\R-3.4.3\bin\x64\Rscript.exe" "C:\foo bar.R"
> What do you get when you multiply 6 * 9?
> C:\>"C:\Program Files\R\R-3.4.3\bin\x64\Rscript.exe" "C:\foo_bar.R"
> What do you get when you multiply 6 * 9?
> C:\>"C:\Program Files\R\R-3.5.0\bin\x64\Rscript.exe" "C:\foo bar.R"
> Fatal error: cannot open file 'C:\foo': No such file or directory
> C:\>"C:\Program Files\R\R-3.5.0\bin\x64\Rscript.exe" "C:\foo_bar.R"
> What do you get when you multiply 6 * 9?
> C:\>
> When I try to run the file with a space in the name in version 3.5.0 of R, there is a fatal error saying there is no such file.
> Kerry Jackson
> Job title: Senior Account Manager, Ipsos Connect US RA Testing GMU
> Phone: (203) 840-3443
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