Cross-platform saves [was Re: [R] sas data sets]
Prof Brian D Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Feb 4 16:52:14 CET 2000
On 4 Feb 2000, Douglas Bates wrote:
> Jonathan.Yuen at evp.slu.se writes:
> > 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
However, on almost all platforms (even Windows), R uses xdr for its binary
saves, and so is platform-independent. It certainly works across Windows,
i686-linux and sparc-solaris, and they cover both endian conventions.
(SAS predates xdr and indeed common floating point formats, maybe
floating-point formats, period.)
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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