[R] Running DOS command prompt from R 2.0.1 Windows?

Thomas Petzoldt thpe at hhbio.wasser.tu-dresden.de
Tue Sep 13 09:05:44 CEST 2005

Mr Toby Daniel Ahrens wrote:
> I am trying to use R (windows version 2.0.1) to manage runs of a program
> that is run from a DOS command prompt.  Is R able to call a DOS prompt?  I
> am hoping that there is something analogous to the "spawn" command in IDL,
> but I can't see to find any help in the R archives...
> Thanks very much,
> Toby

Yes, e.g. system("cmd") to get a "DOS" prompt. See ?system or ?shell for 
details. You may consider to use wait=FALSE if you want a non-modal 

HTH Thomas P.

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