[Rd] Reading an "unsigned long long" using R readBin()

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri May 30 19:55:30 CEST 2008

Well, R has no unsigned quantities, so ultimately you can't actually do 
this.  But using what="int" and an appropriate 'size' (likely to be 8)
shold read the numbers, wrapping around very large ones to be negative.
(The usual trick of storing integers in numeric will lose accuracy, but 
might be better than nothing.)

On Thu, 29 May 2008, Sean Davis wrote:

> Sorry for the simple question, but I am trying to read an "unsigned
> long long" using the R readBin() function.  Can someone point me in
> the right direction, or am I better off using C for such things?  The
> file that I am reading will have been produced on the same machine
> that is doing the reading.
> Thanks,
> Sean
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