[R] system2 commands with backslash
hb at biostat.ucsf.edu
Fri Oct 11 19:24:50 CEST 2013
system2("sed", args=c("-i", "s/oldword\\s/newword/g", "d:/junk/x/test.tex"))
On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 8:58 AM, David Winsemius <dwinsemius at comcast.net> wrote:
> On Oct 10, 2013, at 8:16 AM, Zev Ross wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I'm trying to edit a file in place using system2 and sed from within R. I can get my command to work unless there is a backslash in the command in which case I'm warned about an "unrecognized escape". So, for example:
>> system2("sed -i s/oldword/newword/g d:/junk/x/test.tex") # works fine
>> system2("sed -i s/oldword\s/newword/g d:/junk/x/test.tex") # does not work in R (the command works on the command line)
>> I've experimented with double slashes to escape the \s,
> Wouldn't you want to double the backslashes instead?
>> I've tried the "shell" command, I've tried experimenting with shQuote and can't seem to get around the "unrecognized escape" issue.
>> By the way, it would be preferable to have a solution that avoided using double backslashes etc because, unfortunately, in my real-world example, I'm actually replacing double slashes and would prefer not to have quadruple slashes etc.
>> I'm using Windows 7, 64 bit.
>> Zev Ross
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> David Winsemius
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