[R] cat in windows vs linux

Liaw, Andy andy_liaw at merck.com
Tue Feb 25 16:39:44 CET 2003

It would be even easier if you read the R for Windows FAQ, Q6.3 in


> -----Original Message-----
> From: rob foxall (IFR) [mailto:rob.foxall at BBSRC.AC.UK]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 10:17 AM
> To: 'r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch'
> Subject: [R] cat in windows vs linux
> Hi all,
> 	Easy question for you (which I failed to find the 
> answer to in the FAQ etc). I've recently been forced to 
> switch from linux to windows (currently windows NT), and my 
> usual habit of putting lots of "cat" statements in slow 
> functions to get an idea of the progress rate is no longer 
> useful. Why -- because R waits until the function is 
> completely finished before printing the cat statements all at 
> once to the screen. Don't know if this is an R thing or a 
> windows thing, but if there is a way to get cat statements 
> printed to the screen as soon as the function calls it, I'd 
> like to hear it! Using R version 1.6.2.
> Cheers,
> 	Rob.
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