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Re: System call from R causes loss of cursor control

From: Leonid Gibiansky <LGibiansky>
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 14:45:59 -0500

Use help(system) to see command options.

You need to set minimized = T and/or invisible=T, I do not remember
exactly but one of those does the trick

system(command, intern = FALSE, ignore.stderr = FALSE,
        wait = TRUE, input = NULL, show.output.on.console = TRUE,
        minimized = FALSE, invisible = TRUE)


Leonid Gibiansky, Ph.D.
President, QuantPharm LLC
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tel: (301) 767 5566

Nick Holford wrote:
> Dave,
> Have you tried using the minimized option for the R system command?
> Or if that doesnt work you could try calling system with a command like
> this: "start /min nonmembatch.bat"
> See for details of the DOS
> start command.
> Nick
> David H Salinger wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I am using R to simulate protocol decision making and repeatedly call NONMEM - via a system call - to perform the simulation. The problem with this is that every time the system call is executed, the dos window pops up and cursor control is taken from whatever else that I am working on - beyond annoying! I am using Windows. Does anyone know how to prevent this?
>> I saw in the archives that Mark Sale (I believe) asked this question many years ago, but it did not appear that a satisfactory answer was returned.
>> Thanks in advance,
>> Dave
> --
> Nick Holford, Dept Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacology
> University of Auckland, 85 Park Rd, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand
> n.holford
Received on Wed Feb 27 2008 - 14:45:59 EST

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