Construct the path to a file from components and expands Windows Shortcuts along the pathname from root to leaf. This function is backward compatible with
file.path() when argument
expandLinks="none", except that a (character)
return if any argument is NA.
This function exists on all platforms, not only Windows systems.
# S3 method for default filePath(..., fsep=.Platform$file.sep, removeUps=TRUE, expandLinks=c("none", "any", "local", "relative", "network"), unmap=FALSE, mustExist=FALSE, verbose=FALSE)
Arguments to be pasted together to a file path and then be
parsed from the root to the leaf where Windows shortcut files are
recognized and expanded according to argument
which in each
the path separator to use.
TRUE, relative paths, for instance "foo/bar/../"
are shortened into "foo/", but also "./" are removed from the final
pathname, if possible.
character string. If
Shortcut files are ignored. If
"local", the absolute target
on the local file system is used. If
"relative", the relative
target is used. If
"network", the network target is used. If
"any", first the local, then the relative and finally the
network target is searched for.
TRUE, paths on mapped Windows drives are "followed"
and translated to their corresponding "true" paths.
TRUE and if the target does not exist, the original
pathname, that is, argument
pathname is returned. In all other
cases the target is returned.
TRUE, extra information is written while reading.
expandLinks != "none", each component, call it parent,
in the absolute path is processed from the left to the right as follows:
1. If a "real" directory of name parent exists, it is followed.
2. Otherwise, if Microsoft Windows Shortcut file with name
parent.lnk exists, it is read. If its local target exists, that
is followed, otherwise its network target is followed.
3. If no valid existing directory was found in (1) or (2), the expanded
this far followed by the rest of the pathname is returned quietly.
4. If all of the absolute path was expanded successfully the expanded
absolute path is returned.
file.exists() is call while expanding the pathname.
This is used to check if there exists a Windows shortcut file named
'foo.lnk' in 'path/foo/bar'. If it does, 'foo.lnk' has to be followed,
and in other cases 'foo' is ordinary directory.
file.exists() is unfortunately a bit slow, which is why
this function appears slow if called many times.
# Default print(file.path("foo", "bar", "..", "name")) # "foo/bar/../name" #>  "foo/bar/../name" # Shorten pathname, if possible print(filePath("foo", "bar", "..", "name")) # "foo/name" #>  "foo/name" print(filePath("foo/bar/../name")) # "foo/name" #>  "foo/name" # Recognize Windows Shortcut files along the path, cf. Unix soft links filename <- system.file("data-ex/HISTORY.LNK", package="R.utils") print(filename) #>  "/tmp/hb/RtmpCqlUdN/temp_libpath2e0bf4927614e/R.utils/data-ex/HISTORY.LNK" filename <- filePath(filename, expandLinks="relative") print(filename) #>  "/tmp/hb/RtmpCqlUdN/temp_libpath2e0bf4927614e/R.utils/HISTORY"