[Rd] read.table() errors with tab as separator (PR#9061)
p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Wed Jul 5 14:48:22 CEST 2006
Prof Brian Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:
> > Sorry, unclear. We already change quote= for read.delim and read.csv,
> > and I was suggesting also to modify the default for comment.char for
> > those functions, but definitely not for read.table.
> > Arguably, those functions are there to handle file formats generated
> > by other programs, and it is unlikely that such programs will generate
> > comment lines starting with #, whereas we have learned that Excel will
> > occasionally generate fields like #NULL#, which mess up the parsing.
> Ah, that does seem a sensible defensive move.
Committed for r-devel (only). Make check seems happy, but we may need
to watch out for the package checking.
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