[R] Parsing Files in R (USGS StreamFlow data)

stephen sefick ssefick at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 03:49:54 CEST 2009


I would like to be able to parse this file up:

I can do this
x <- read.table("http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?format=rdb&period=7&site_no=021973269",

but If I add another gauge to this

x <- read.table("http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?format=rdb&period=7&site_no=021973269,06018500",
It does not work because there are two files appended to each other.

It would be easy enough to write the code so that each individual
gauge would be read in as a different file, but is there a way to get
this information in using the commented part of the file to give the
headers?  This is probably a job for some other programing language
like perl, but I don't know perl.

any help would be very helpful.

Stephen Sefick

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