Ascertain File Accessibility
Utility function to access information about files on the user's file systems.
file.access(names, mode = 0)
- character vector containing file names.
Tilde-expansion will be done: see
- integer specifying access mode required: see Details.
mode value can be the exclusive or of the following values
- test for existence.
- test for execute permission.
- test for write permission.
- test for read permission.
Permission will be computed for real user ID and real group ID (rather
than the effective IDs).
This function does uses the C function
msvcrt.dll, but was written using Win32 API functions.
Windows does not have the concept of an executable file, so
this function regards directories and files with extension
.exe, .bat, .cmd and .com as executable.
Sys.which make the same assumption.)
UTF-8-encoded file names not valid in the current locale can be used.
Please note that it is not a good idea to use this function to test
before trying to open a file. On a multi-tasking system, it is
possible that the accessibility of a file will change between the time
file.access() and the time you try to open the file.
It is better to wrap file open attempts in
An integer vector with values 0 for success and -1 for failure.
This is intended as a replacement for the S-PLUS function
access, a wrapper for the C function of the same name, which
explains the return value encoding. Note that
the return value is false for success.
file_test for shell-style file tests.
fa <- file.access(dir(".")) table(fa) # count successes & failures windows d <- dir(file.path(R.home(), "bin")) df <- dir(file.path(R.home(), "bin"), full.names = TRUE) d[file.access(df, 0) == 0] # all exist d[file.access(df, 1) == 0] # some are executable, some are not d[file.access(df, 4) == 0] # hopefully all are readable d[file.access(df, 2) == 0] # they may or may not be writable