Edit one or more files in a text editor.
file.edit(…, title = file, editor = getOption("editor"), fileEncoding = "")
one or more character vectors containing the names of the
files to be displayed. These will be tilde-expanded: see
the title to use in the editor; defaults to the filename.
the text editor to be used, usually as a character string naming (or giving the path to) the text editor you want to use See ‘Details’.
the encoding to assume for the file: the default
is to assume the native encoding. See the ‘Encoding’ section
of the help for
The behaviour of this function is very system-dependent. Currently files can be opened only one at a time on Unix; on Windows, the internal editor allows multiple files to be opened, but has a limit of 50 simultaneous edit windows.
title argument is used for the window caption in Windows,
and is currently ignored on other platforms.
Any error in re-encoding the files to the native encoding will cause the function to fail.
The default for
editor is system-dependent. On
Windows it defaults to
"internal", the script editor, and in
the macOS GUI the document editor is used whatever the value of
editor. On Unix the default is set from the environment
VISUAL if either is set, otherwise
vi is used.
editor can also be an R function, in which case it is called
with the arguments
that such a function will need to independently implement all
On Windows, UTF-8-encoded paths not valid in the current locale can be used.