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All variables, functions, ... are part of our environment. This is not really useful, as you usually have a graphical interface, in which you can see your environment.

List/Destroy variables

You can list everything using ls and clear/destroy a variable using rm.


x <- 5
ls() # prints "x"

y <- "y"
ls() # prints "x" "y"

z <- 0.53
ls() # "x" "y" "z"

# clear z

# remove all
rm(list = ls())

What are your variables?

You can use that or use your IDE to check what variables, functions, ... got created.

That should not be used since you are using an IDE but well just in case

# print all variables values

for (i in ls()) { print(paste(i,"=",eval(as.symbol(i)))) }
# [1] "i = i"
# [1] "x = 5"
# [1] "y = y"
# [1] "z = 0.53"

# or
# using R functions
# sapply(ls(), function (i) { paste(i,"=",eval(as.symbol(i))) }  )


You can use these to save your variables

  • save(x, y, ..., file="x.rdata"): save x, y,... in a file x.rdata
  • load("x.rdata"): load variables in x.rdata into the environment
  • write.table(v,file="file.txt"): save a table in a file.txt
  • read.table("file.txt"): load a saved table
  • cat(file="file", "x=", x, append=TRUE): add variables values in a file