[R] [FORGED] Re: R commander (Rcmdr) won't start [SOLVED]

Rolf Turner r@turner @end|ng |rom @uck|@nd@@c@nz
Sun Dec 8 23:31:50 CET 2019

On 8/12/19 9:35 pm, gabriele pallotti wrote:

> Dear John,
> thank you for your prompt reply. An inexperienced user like me tends to see
> the .Rdata folder like the document folder for other programs, and, as one
> doesn't have to delete the document folder when updating Libreoffice, tends
> to think the same for R.


You should be aware that .RData (note the upper case "D") is *not* a 
"folder" (or "directory" in the parlance of civilised, i.e. Linux, 
users).  Rather it is a single binary *file*.  It behaves like a 
directory in some sense in that it "contains" (or may contain)  one or 
may R objects which similarly are "like" individual files.  However 
there is a distinction and it can be important to keep this distinction 
in mind in order to understand subtle phenomena that may appear.


Rolf Turner

Honorary Research Fellow
Department of Statistics
University of Auckland
Phone: +64-9-373-7599 ext. 88276

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