[R] using R under windows

Simpson, William William.Simpson at drdc-rddc.gc.ca
Thu Nov 21 16:46:37 CET 2002

Thanks for all the helpful replies both to the list and emailed directly to

Several people blamed Notepad (I am looking at alternative suggested
editors) for tacking ".txt" onto filenames. However I experience this
problem with every other sort of file:

I have turned off the hidden names stuff as instructed in the file browser.
Doesn't seem to change anything. "file.pdf" is still shown as "file". I have
to guess from the icon that the real filename is "file" + ".pdf". Or if it
is a big W[ord] icon I have to guess that the filename is "file" + ".doc"
(though sometimes maybe it's really + ".rtf" or ".txt")
Maybe from now on the problem won't happen--just previously saved files
still have the hidden extensions.

In general it seems that I am not allowed to use extensions because windows
reserves the right to do that itself (something like the Mac's resource
fork). Else I need to play guessing games about filenames.

I know this is not R-specific but I am getting helpful R-specific advice
(e.g. WinEdt and JEdit R stuff). Thanks again for all the help. Looks like I
may have to dual boot linux because there is no solution to the windows file
extension fiddling.


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