[R] history() does not work?

Steve Lianoglou mailinglist.honeypot at gmail.com
Wed Oct 10 19:02:35 CEST 2012

On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM, Christian Hoffmann
<c-w.hoffmann at sunrise.ch> wrote:
> Am 10.10.12 18:17, schrieb Steve Lianoglou:
>> Hi,
>> On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM, Christian Hoffmann
>> <c-w.hoffmann at sunrise.ch> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>> history()
>>> gives Error in savehistory(file) : no history available to save
>>> although I can scroll throu history with C^uparrow an C^downarrow.
>>> How can I make history() work and/or show the current history in a file,
>>> so
>>> that I can choose from previous commands?
>>> The web did not throw up anything useful.
>> Out of curiosity, when you call:
>> R> capabilities()['cledit']
>> Do you get `FALSE`?
> Yes, I do. So what do you suggest?

This suggests that R is running w/o readline support enabled -- which
is necessary for `history()` to work.

I don't really know much about R running on windows, so I'm not sure
if what you are seeing is normal or strange.

I don't see any mention of no `history()` support in in the R for Window FAQ:

So my *guess* is that you should be able to get this to work rather easily.

How are you running R? I mean, is it some R GUI? Rstudio? Emacs/ESS
(in which case, it is run w/o readline)? Rcmdr?

I'm just stabbing at the dark right now -- I'm sure a windows useR
will swoop in soon w/ the right stuff if we don't sort it out this


Steve Lianoglou
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 | Weill Medical College of Cornell University
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