[R] Genuine relative paths with R
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Wed Oct 10 22:37:33 CEST 2018
I haven't followed this discussion closely, so this may be offbase, but in
response to your point 2., note that you can set the working directory via
setwd() in your .Rprofile file. Of course, users can always determine the
working directory via invoking the getwd() function, so I'm not sure what
you mean here. However, as I said, if my comments are useless, please
ignore and do not waste time responding.
On Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 6:53 AM Olivier GIVAUDAN <
olivier_givaudan using hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Gabor,
> 1. By definition the relative path (I'm excluding the absolute path
> solution for obvious reasons) depends on the current working directory:
> What if my R script is not located along this current working directory? It
> won't work.
> 2. What should I write as an option in this .Rprofile file? An absolute
> path to the project's root? Plus I don't want the users to choose their
> working directory: this technicality should be kept hidden from them and be
> Best regards,
> De : Gabor Grothendieck <ggrothendieck using gmail.com>
> Envoyé : samedi 6 octobre 2018 23:33
> À : olivier_givaudan using hotmail.com; r-help using r-project.org
> Objet : Re: [R] Genuine relative paths with R
> 1. Assuming you are starting the script from within R, if you want to
> keep all the files used by the script together with the script itself
> then just source the script using the absolute or relative path to the
> script using source(..., chdir = TRUE) as shown below and the script
> will run in the directory containing the script. We used an absoluate
> path below but a relative path will work too. In either case the
> script itself will not need to use absolute paths and it is portable
> to other machines.
> source("/path/to/script.R", chdir = TRUE)
> If your script is on your PATH then this would work:
> source(Sys.which("script.R"), chdir = TRUE)
> 2. Another approach is to define an R option, say root, using the R
> options() function to define the root directory of your project. You
> can have a different R option for each project. Place the options()
> statements to set these R options for your various projects in your
> .Rprofile, say, and in the script use:
> root <- getOption("root", ".")
> to cause it to retrieve the value of the R option root if it is
> defined and use the current directory otherwise. Use a different name
> for each project. If the user does not define the R option root it
> will be up to them to change directory first. Again there will be no
> use of absolute paths in the script itself and it is portable to other
> What is particularly convenient about this is that it documents where
> all the projects are on the machine right in the .Rproject file so
> one always knows where they are.
> On Sat, Oct 6, 2018 at 8:25 AM Olivier GIVAUDAN
> <olivier_givaudan using hotmail.com> wrote:
> >> Dear R users,
> > I would like to work with genuine relative paths in R for obvious
> reasons: if I move all my scripts related to some project as a whole to
> another location of my computer or someone else's computer, if want my
> scripts to continue to run seamlessly.
> > What I mean by "genuine" is that it should not be necessary to hardcode
> one single absolute path (making the code obviously not "portable" - to
> another place - anymore).
> > For the time being, I found the following related posts, unfortunately
> never conclusive or even somewhat off-topic:
> > So I found 2 workarounds, more or less satisfactory:
> > 1. Either create a variable "ScriptPath" in the first lines of each
> of my R scripts and run a batch (or shell, etc.) to replace every single
> occurrence of "ScriptPath <-" by "ScriptPath <- [Absolute path of the R
> script]" in all the R scripts located in the folder (and possibly
> subfolders) of the batch file.
> > 2. Or create an R project file with RStudio and use the package
> "here" to get the absolute path of the R project file and put all the R
> scripts related to this project in the R project directory, as often
> > But I am really wondering why R doesn't have (please tell me if I'm
> wrong) this basic feature as many other languages have it (batch, shell, C,
> LaTeX, SAS with macro-variables, etc.)?
> > Do you know whether the language will have this kind of function in a
> near future? What are the obstacles / what is the reasoning for not having
> it already?
> > Do you know other workarounds?
> > Best regards,
> > Olivier
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