[R] Can't there be a cd command?

Berton Gunter gunter.berton at gene.com
Wed May 10 00:07:54 CEST 2006

You do not say, but if you are on Windows see the R for Windows FAQ 2.14
where getwd() is explicitly mentioned. setwd() is on the same man page.

Also the R for Windows File menu has a "Change dir ..." entry. So I think R
core has already taken care of this, at least on Windows.

-- Bert Gunter
Genentech Non-Clinical Statistics
South San Francisco, CA
"The business of the statistician is to catalyze the scientific learning
process."  - George E. P. Box

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Issac Trotts
> Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 2:51 PM
> To: r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: [R] Can't there be a cd command?
> R is quite a powerful environment.  Here's a small way it 
> could be even better.
> I wanted to change the working directory, so I tried the obvious thing
> > cd("foo")
> Error: couldn't find function "cd"
> Then I looked for `directory' in the FAQ but found nothing.  A search
> for directory in the introduction also turned up nothing.
> A Google search for "gnu R change directory" brought up a link to the
> Windows FAQ, and there was the answer: setwd.  Oddly enough, setwd is
> not mentioned in the general FAQ, the introduction, or the language
> definition.
> Hopefully someone can add a mention of setwd to the general FAQ or the
> intro.  Even better would be to have a cd() command, since that's what
> almost every beginner will try first.
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