[R] Problem with foreign package

Kevin E. Thorpe kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca
Mon Feb 2 16:52:09 CET 2009

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> On Mon, 2 Feb 2009, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>> On 2/2/2009 8:46 AM, Kevin E. Thorpe wrote:
>>> I tried to use write.foreign() to export to SAS this morning and got 
>>> an error.
>>> When I looked at the code for writeForeignSAS() I saw this line:
>>> dfn < -df
>>> which I think should be
>>> dfn <- df
>>> So, I tried to run update.packages() to see if there was an updated 
>>> version and got the following result.
>> That bug was fixed a few weeks ago, but a new version has not been 
>> released yet.  You can get the latest source from svn:
>> https://svn.r-project.org/R-packages/trunk/foreign
> Yes, and there is a good reason.  No less than 3 people reported 
> problems in 0.8-29 without reproducible examples.  When I releaseed 
> 0.8-30, I asked them to test it.  Despite reminders, I am still waiting 
> for any answer, and will wait another week.
> It really is unhelpful to report problems and not be prepared to answer 
> follow-up questions nor test solutions.

Well, I installed the new version, and my export to SAS worked.

Kevin E. Thorpe
Biostatistician/Trialist, Knowledge Translation Program
Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto
email: kevin.thorpe at utoronto.ca  Tel: 416.864.5776  Fax: 416.864.6057

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