[R] .First and .Rprofile won't run on startup

Bryan Hanson hanson at depauw.edu
Mon Jul 14 22:19:26 CEST 2008

I accomplish this a little differently.

On the mac, in your home directory (e.g. /Users/susanamrose) there is/could
be a hidden file called .Rprofile  You can edit it with vi for instance by
getting a terminal window and >vi .Rprofile  It will be created it if it
doesn't exist.

I keep all my local functions in a particular directory, then load them via
the .Rprofile by putting the following lines in .Rprofile

funcdir <- "/Users/susanamrose..../Functions"
z <- paste(funcdir, "/LoadFunctions.R", sep = "")
source(z, chdir = TRUE)

This will source/execute whatever you put in the file LoadFunctions.R in the
specified directory when R starts up.  So, for instance, LoadFunctions.R
could be a bunch of source("func.R") statements.

This also gives you a short cut to get to your functions directory by
setwd(fundir).  I actually have a number of commonly used directories
defined this way for convenience.

HTH Bryan

On 7/14/08 2:34 PM, "Susan Amrose" <susan.amrose at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm trying to source a file automatically every time I start R. I tried
> adding the following .First function in a file Rprofile.site in my
> $R_HOME/etc/ directory (verified $R_HOME by Sys.getenv()) as well as in a
> file .Rprofile in my $HOME directory and .Rprofile in the working directory:
> .First <- function(){
> source(file.path(Sys.getenv("HOME"), "R", "functions","standard.r"))
>        cat("Actually read your file!!!!")
> }
> - but no luck. I'm using a Mac (OS 10.4). It never runs (the file is not
> sourced and the text does not appear). Does anyone have any suggestions?
> Ideally, I would like to have a directory and source all the files in the
> directory in startup, but this is just a first step (is that possible?).
> Thanks in advance!!
>  -Susan
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