[R] download.file not working
hb at stat.berkeley.edu
Wed Oct 10 17:43:03 CEST 2007
On 10/10/07, Gustaf Rydevik <gustaf.rydevik at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm trying to download a file from the net, and the download.file
> command leaves it corrupted, i.e excel cannot open it. It seems as if
> it's going ok, however.
> Does anyone have an idea of what's going on?
> Gustaf Rydevik
> trying URL 'http://www.who.int/entity/whosis/whostat2006_demographics.xls'
> Content type 'application/vnd.ms-excel' length 77824 bytes
> opened URL
> downloaded 76Kb
So, if you download the same file using a web browser it works, ehe?
Then look at the file size and you'll most likely find that it is
different from when you use R code. Conclusion? Something is
different and it works in the web browser so you might tell R to do
something different from what you would expect. Hint, look at the set
of arguments download.file() takes.
That's my $0.02
> > sessionInfo()
> R version 2.5.0 (2007-04-23)
> attached base packages:
>  "stats" "graphics" "grDevices" "utils" "datasets" "methods"
>  "base"
> other attached packages:
> > Sys.getlocale()
>  "LC_COLLATE=Swedish_Sweden.1252;LC_CTYPE=Swedish_Sweden.1252;LC_MONETARY=Swedish_Sweden.1252;LC_NUMERIC=C;LC_TIME=Swedish_Sweden.1252"
> Gustaf Rydevik, M.Sci.
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