R-beta: R and LANG

Goran Brostrom gb at stat.umu.se
Thu Jan 8 16:32:47 CET 1998

On 8 Jan 1998, Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:

> Goran Brostrom <gb at stat.umu.se> writes:
> > I am running R 0.61.0 on a Sparc 5, Solaris 2.4, in tcsh. Today I
> > couldn't, to my big surprise, scan a data file in R. As I finally
> > understood it, R wanted a decimal comma instead of a decimal point,
> > because LANG was set to 'sv'. See my runs below. I wonder why this 
> Apparently, the strtod() C library function accepts different formats
> depending on locale settings, so probably the setlocale(LC_ALL,""); in
> src/main/main.c is doing you in. 
> This is the same thing that allows you to have a variable called
> "föräldre" and see come out right on plots, etc., so you don't want to
> remove that line. 
> I think that either you should setenv LC_NUMERIC to C or POSIX or R
> should only set LC_CTYPE (and maybe some of the others?).

Yes, the combination (LANG = sv & LC_NUMERIC = C) seems to work properly.


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