Cross-platform saves [was Re: [R] sas data sets]

Douglas Bates bates at
Fri Feb 4 15:52:07 CET 2000

Jonathan.Yuen at writes:

> On 3 Feb 2000, Douglas Bates wrote:
> > I don't know of any packages to read the general SAS data formats.
> SAS can't even do this itself!!  There are a number of different
> 'internal' data formats for SAS (I currently use Wintel, AIX, and DEC) and
> they aren't compatible with each other.  One of the main uses of the
> export files (I use proc cport/cimport) is to move the data from one SAS
> environment to another.
> I do have a vague memory of things that could at least read the wintel
> data sets...
> I haven't had a chance to try, but how does R do cross platform?

There is an R ASCII save format that can be used to transport R
objects across architectures.  See
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