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Extract System and User Information


Reports system and user information.



This function is not implemented on all R platforms, and returns NULL when not available. Where possible it is based on POSIX system calls. returns details of the platform R is running on, whereas R.version gives details of the platform R was built on: they may well be different.


A character vector with fields

sysname The operating system.
release The OS release.
version The OS version.
nodename A name by which the machine is known on the network (if any).
machine A concise description of the hardware.
login The user's login name, or "unknown" if it cannot be ascertained.
user The name of the real user ID, or "unknown" if it cannot be ascertained.

The first five fields come from the uname(2) system call. The login name comes from getlogin(2), and the user name from getpwuid(getuid())


The meaning of OS “release” and “version” is highly system-dependent and there is no guarantee that the node or login or user names will be what you might reasonably expect. (In particular on some Linux distributions the login name is unknown from sessions with re-directed inputs.)

See Also

.Platform, and R.version.

## An alternative (and probably better) way to get the login name on Unix

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