[R] Why do tabs disappear when pasted into the R console?
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jun 3 16:11:51 CEST 2013
On 03/06/2013 14:48, peter dalgaard wrote:
> On Jun 3, 2013, at 15:22 , Sarah Goslee wrote:
>> Pasting tabs into the console works for me on linux, which suggests
>> that you need to provide more information about your OS and all the
>> other usual things.
> Which console and which Linux?
> Anyways, the thing that usually gets in the way is tab-completion. If you expect pasting to work exactly as if the same characters were typed at the keyboard, you can't really expect that TAB will not try to autocomplete commands and filenames. I don't know whether there's a way to temporarily disable completion.
There are lots of consoles and completion mechanisms. But on RGui (at
least this seems to be Windows), this is controlled by the environment
variable R_COMPLETION and that can be set during a session. Its help says
‘R_COMPLETION’: Optional. If set to ‘FALSE’, command-line
completion is not used. (Not used by Mac OS GUI.)
and ??completion gets you there.
>> On Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM, Tal Galili <tal.galili at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hello Dear R-help Members,
>>> I have noticed that when pasting text with "tab" in it to the R console it
>>> eliminates the tab. Whereas, when pasted into the R Editor, the tab is
>>> For example, pasting this:
>>> "1997 7680"
>>> In the R Console will result in:
>>> Is there a way to preserve the tab?
>>> This would allow (for example) to use read.table with a table copied from
>>> website/libre-office/excel such as:
>>> a = read.table( text=
>>> 1 2
>>> 3 4
>>> I understand I can use readClipboard directly, but I wonder if there is a
>>> way to use it while the text is kept in the R Editor.
>>> With regards,
>> Sarah Goslee
>> R-help at r-project.org mailing list
>> PLEASE do read the posting guide http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html
>> and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.
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