[R] setting new working directories

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Thu Jan 4 20:24:43 CET 2007

On 1/4/2007 12:48 PM, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On 1/4/2007 9:41 AM, Bill Shipley wrote:
>> Hello, and Happy New Year.  My default working directory is getting very
>> cluttered.  I know that I should be using a different working directory for
>> each project (I work in Windows), but do not know how to go about creating
>> different ones and moving back and forth between them.  I have read Venables
>> & Ripley (Modern Applied Statistics with S-PLUS, 1994) but this seems out of
>> date with respect to this topic and have searched through the documentation
>> but cannot find a clear explanation for doing this.  Can someone point me to
>> the proper documentation for creating and using different working
>> directories from within Windows (please, no comments about switching to
>> UNIX...).
> I don't think R has facilities for creating directories:  you would do 
> that in the OS, e.g. in Windows Explorer, right click and ask for "New | 
> Folder".

A couple of people have pointed out dir.create() to me.  I would have 
found it with


Duncan Murdoch

> In Windows the easiest way to set a directory as the current working 
> directory is
> setwd(choose.dir())
> In the choose.dir dialog you can type the directory name in standard 
> Windows format (don't worry about escaping \), or you can use the 
> directory browser to choose it.
> By the way, if you do decide to switch to Unix, you'll have to do 
> without choose.dir() (unless it's in a contributed package somewhere).
> Duncan Murdoch
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