[R] R command history -- can it be like Matlab's?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jul 29 21:45:24 CEST 2008

A patch to do this was posted on 2007-09-29 by Glenn Davis.  Some people 
not addicted to Matlab find the behaviour very inconvenient and prefer the 
getline/readline behaviour (triggered by ^R/^S) of Rterm and R on Unixen.

On Tue, 29 Jul 2008, losemind wrote:

> Hi all,
> In R GUI window, if you use "up" and "down" key, you will be able to recall
> the previous and next command that has been used and stored in the command
> history cache.
> But there is one inconvenience:

Or an inconvenience of Matlab not shared by R, depending on your 

> In Matlab, you can type the first a few characters of the command that you
> previously used,
> and then press “up" key, you will be able to get to that previous command
> very fast,
> no matter how long ago it has been used...
> In R GUI, there is no such functionality.
> Any thoughts on making R work my productivity?
> ----------------------
> Also where do I find good debugger for R?
> Thanks!
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