[R] functions & paths

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Thu Apr 1 01:02:35 CEST 2004


On Wed, Mar 31, 2004 at 05:28:19PM -0500, Kissell, Robert [EQRE] wrote:
> 1) I have a ".First" function that automatically loads the quadprog package into the workspace. The .First function resides in R and is only saved if I save the workspace. The exact function is as follows:
> Is there any way that this function can be saved outside of R? That is, is there any procedure that will run specified R commands whenever R is invoked?

Try help(Startup) 

You probably want .Rprofile (on a per-directory basis), and/or the site-wide
> 2) Is there anyway to specify additional paths for R to search. For example, I have some R script named, myProg.r that is saved in a directory C:\Programs\RLanguage\Rob\. I run the script in the following way:
> 	source("C:/Programs/RLanguage/Rob/myProg.r")
>  This works fine, but I was wondering if there is any command that could be entered into the .First function described above that adds the directory C:\Programs\RLanguage\Rob\ to the R path. This way, C:\Programs\RLanguage\Rob\ will always be checked for the code and I could simply run myProg.r as follows:
> 	source("myProg.r")

For library(), there is an argumemnt lib.loc. You can also set things from 

Source is simpler and wants pathname, so maybe you want to write a local function
that does your desired magic with the directory and appends the filename you
supply, before calling source() on the combined string?

> 3) Is there anyway that I could save functions that I have written outside of R. That is, could I write functions and have them saved in some directory, such as, C:\Programs\RLanguage\RobFunctions\? This way I would be able to copy the functions to other pcs. This is very simple in MatLab. Please let me know.

See 2), save() and friends have pathnames too. So
save("N:/my/network/share/foo.R") works just fine.

Hth, Dirk

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