[R] using a file name in a system call

Joshua Wiley jwiley.psych at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 05:11:36 CET 2011

system is one option, as it turns out, this is common enough that there are special functions for it, see ?file.copy

More generally, this is a great use of apropos:


Shows a lot of options.  An alternative work flow would be a shell script that runs r scripts and also interacts with the system (depending how much system interaction is needed).



On Nov 1, 2011, at 19:42, Erin Hodgess <erinm.hodgess at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear R People:
> I have a variable named file1 which contains the name of a file.  I
> would like to copy that file to a different directory.  Can I do that
> via the system command or is there a better way, please?
> Thanks,
> Erin
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> Erin Hodgess
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> Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
> University of Houston - Downtown
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