[R] Scanning data files line-by-line

Duncan Murdoch dmurdoch at pair.com
Wed Apr 30 14:26:26 CEST 2003

On Wed, 30 Apr 2003 11:51:00 +0000, you wrote:

>Hi all, is there a way to read a data file into R line-by-line, akin
>to what fscanf does in C, say?
>It seems that "scan" and "read.table" both read the entire data file
>in at once, whereas "readLines" allows one to read a file partially,
>but doesn't quite read line-by-line either.

That's what readLines(con, n=1) is supposed to do; in what way does it
not quite work?


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