Unable to load project(): You are missing a configuration file: config.global.dcf

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dmlvianna

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Jul 19, 2012, 8:27:19 PM7/19/12
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Dear John,

I'm a beginner R user. I just installed ProjectTemplate through CRAN, and I'm following your Getting Started tutorial. As I typed

 load.project()

I got the error message

Unable to load project(): You are missing a configuration file: config.global.dcf

Setting the working directory with

setwd("C:\\R\\letters")

fixed the issue. As the tutorial does not mention this, it might throw off inexperienced readers like me, who expect it to be able to make everything work by following this guide to the letter. I am letting you know so you might want add this cautionary instruction to the tutorial to help newbies like me?

Cheers, Daniel.

John Myles White

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Jul 22, 2012, 11:53:27 PM7/22/12
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Hi Daniel,

Is there any chance you could find a place in the tutorial text where you think a change would help clarify things? It's hard for me to reread things from scratch and if you know where it's confusing, you're in a better position to propose an edit.

Best,

 -- John

Daniel Vianna

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Jul 23, 2012, 1:54:15 AM7/23/12
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Hi, John.

I forgot to thank you for ProjectTemplate! It is really helping me to start learning R with the right foot.

I would suggest you make the following addition to your text:

With the letters.csv.bz2 data set in place, we can start to use ProjectTemplate's automated data loading features. Open up R again and type the following:
    
   setwd("path_to_letters_directory")
library('ProjectTemplate') load.project()
You'll see ProjectTemplate print out a bunch of messages:

Cheers,

Daniel.

John Myles White

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Jul 23, 2012, 8:37:25 AM7/23/12
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Glad it helps. I've made the change and will push it to the live site soon.

 -- John

Alpha Diallo

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Feb 4, 2013, 5:01:45 PM2/4/13
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Still not working for me.  i tried the absolute path thing to no avail.

John Myles White

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Feb 4, 2013, 9:13:43 PM2/4/13
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Hi Alpha,

Can you give some more information? In particular, what does the following code output?

file.path("config", "global.dcf"))

I am worried that a call to file.path() is missing or broken on your system, because the relevant file isn't config.global.dcf, but rather config/global.dcf or config\global.dcf

 -- John

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