[Rd] Bug in read.table?

From: <jgarcia_at_ija.csic.es>
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 2010 22:22:27 +0100 (CET)

Hi,

I'm writting to this list as I'm puzzled about the behaviour of read.table(). It is hard to believe that there is a bug in this utils' function, but for my:

R version 2.12.0 alpha (2010-09-28 r53056)

I'm using scan and read.table to read a number of files, which are as:

---

Project:     Murta Sonda
Program:     GrafNav Version 8.30.1007
Profile:     javier
Source:      GPS Epochs(Combined)
ProcessInfo: Run (1) by Unknown on 11/04/2010 at 19:05:17

Datum:       WGS84, (processing datum)
Master 1:    Name LaMurta, Status ENABLED
             Antenna height 2.066 m, to L1-PC (NOV702GG, MeasDist 1.980 m
to mark/ARP)
             Position 37 49 38.15069, -1 12 27.55445, 368.197 m (WGS84,
Ellipsoidal hgt)
Remote:      Antenna height 1.781 m, to L1-PC (NOV702GG, MeasDist 1.695 m
to mark/ARP)
UTC Offset:  15 s
Local time:  +2.0 h, CEST [Central European Savings Time]
Geoid:       EGM2008-World.wpg (Absolute correction)

      Latitude      Longitude LonTextLoTextLongitudTextL
LatTextLaTextLatitudeTextL        H-Ell        H-MSL LocalUTCDa   
LocalUTC
         (Deg)          (Deg) (DeMi   (Sec)  (DeMi   (Sec)           (m)  
       (m)      (DMY)       (HMS)
 37.8275120694  -1.2077972583 00112'28.07013"W 03749'39.04345"N     
368.998      318.059 25/10/2010    16:59:00
 37.8275121083  -1.2077974806 00112'28.07093"W 03749'39.04359"N     
368.994      318.055 25/10/2010    16:59:15
 37.8275118539  -1.2077974338 00112'28.07076"W 03749'39.04267"N     
368.997      318.058 25/10/2010    16:59:30
 37.8275119923  -1.2077974626 00112'28.07087"W 03749'39.04317"N     
368.998      318.060 25/10/2010    16:59:45
 37.8275323099  -1.2078075891 00112'28.10732"W 03749'39.11632"N     
368.869      317.930 25/10/2010    17:00:00
 37.8275323374  -1.2078077002 00112'28.10772"W 03749'39.11641"N     
368.866      317.927 25/10/2010    17:00:15
 37.8275325076  -1.2078075314 00112'28.10711"W 03749'39.11703"N     
368.859      317.920 25/10/2010    17:00:30
 37.8275325306  -1.2078075056 00112'28.10702"W 03749'39.11711"N     
368.861      317.922 25/10/2010    17:00:45
 37.8275323639  -1.2078075917 00112'28.10733"W 03749'39.11651"N     
368.853      317.914 25/10/2010    17:01:00
 37.8275326222  -1.2078076861 00112'28.10767"W 03749'39.11744"N     
368.857      317.918 25/10/2010    17:01:15
---

with a number of different records for each file.

To read the data I'm using:

---
 dat.names <- scan(file.path("path_and_filename"),
                   what="character",
                   skip = 16, nlines=1)
 if(length(dat.names) != 8){
    stop("Input file seems to be wrong!")}

 dat <- read.table(file.path("path_and_filename),
                   header=FALSE, col.names=dat.names,
                   skip = 18, as.is=TRUE, blank.lines.skip=FALSE)
---
and systematically, I'm obtaining a number of repeated records at the
starting of the input table (6 in this example). It is easily seen by
looking at the field "LocalUTC":


> dat
Latitude Longitude LonTextLoTextLongitudTextL LatTextLaTextLatitudeTextL H.Ell H.MSL LocalUTCDa LocalUTC 1 37.82753 -1.207808 00112'28.10732"W 03749'39.11632"N 368.869 317.930 25/10/2010 17:00:00 2 37.82753 -1.207808 00112'28.10772"W 03749'39.11641"N 368.866 317.927 25/10/2010 17:00:15 3 37.82753 -1.207808 00112'28.10711"W 03749'39.11703"N 368.859 317.920 25/10/2010 17:00:30 4 37.82753 -1.207808 00112'28.10702"W 03749'39.11711"N 368.861 317.922 25/10/2010 17:00:45 5 37.82753 -1.207808 00112'28.10733"W 03749'39.11651"N 368.853 317.914 25/10/2010 17:01:00 6 37.82753 -1.207808 00112'28.10767"W 03749'39.11744"N 368.857 317.918 25/10/2010 17:01:15 7 37.82751 -1.207797 00112'28.07013"W 03749'39.04345"N 368.998 318.059 25/10/2010 16:59:00 8 37.82751 -1.207797 00112'28.07093"W 03749'39.04359"N 368.994 318.055 25/10/2010 16:59:15 9 37.82751 -1.207797 00112'28.07076"W 03749'39.04267"N 368.997 318.058 25/10/2010 16:59:30 10 37.82751 -1.207797 00112'28.07087"W 03749'39.04317"N 368.998 318.060 25/10/2010 16:59:45 11 37.82753 -1.207808 00112'28.10732"W 03749'39.11632"N 368.869 317.930 25/10/2010 17:00:00 12 37.82753 -1.207808 00112'28.10772"W 03749'39.11641"N 368.866 317.927 25/10/2010 17:00:15 13 37.82753 -1.207808 00112'28.10711"W 03749'39.11703"N 368.859 317.920 25/10/2010 17:00:30 14 37.82753 -1.207808 00112'28.10702"W 03749'39.11711"N 368.861 317.922 25/10/2010 17:00:45 15 37.82753 -1.207808 00112'28.10733"W 03749'39.11651"N 368.853 317.914 25/10/2010 17:01:00 16 37.82753 -1.207808 00112'28.10767"W 03749'39.11744"N 368.857 317.918 25/10/2010 17:01:15 Thanks, Javier --- ______________________________________________ R-devel_at_r-project.org mailing list https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-devel
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