[R] End of line marker?

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Thu Mar 4 14:29:48 CET 2010

On Mar 3, 2010, at 2:22 PM, jonas garcia wrote:

> Dear R users,
> I am trying to read a huge file in R. For some reason, only a part  
> of the
> file is read. When I further investigated, I found that in one of my
> non-numeric columns, there is one odd character responsible for  
> this, which
> I reproduce bellow:
> In case you cannot see it, it looks like a right arrow, but it is  
> not the
> one you get from microsoft word in menu "insert symbol".
> I think my dat file is broken and that funny character is an EOL  
> marker that
> makes R not read the rest of the file. I am sure the character is  
> there by
> chance but I fear that it might be present in some other big files I  
> have to
> work with as well. So, is there any clever way to remove this  
> inconvenient
> character in R avoiding having to edit the file in notepad and  
> remove it
> manually?
> Code I am using:
> read.csv("new3.dat", header=F)
> Warning message:
> In read.table(file = file, header = header, sep = sep, quote =  
> quote,  :
>  incomplete final line found by readTableHeader on 'new3.dat'

I think you should identify the offending line by using the  
count.fields function and fix it with an editor.

> I am working with R 2.10.1 in windows XP.
> Thanks in advance
> Jonas
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David Winsemius, MD
Heritage Laboratories
West Hartford, CT

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