Re: [R] Read SPSS v 18 .sav file

From: David Winsemius <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:44:41 -0400

On Jun 18, 2010, at 10:26 AM, Larry Hotchkiss wrote:

> Hi,
> I repeatedly get an error when trying to read an SPSS v. 18 .sav
> file into R.

No, you did not get an error message.
>> require(foreign)
> Loading required package: foreign
>> femaleSPSS.dat <- read.spss("female-04-02-2010.sav")
> Warning message:
> In read.spss("female-04-02-2010.sav") :
> female-04-02-2010.sav: Unrecognized record type 7, subtype 18
> encountered in system file
> However, read.spss works for .sav files created in older versions of
> spss.
> I did just reinstall foreign to be sure I have the latest version.
> Does anyone know of an update that works?

What makes you think it didn't work? It was _only_ a warning message after all. Have you looked at femaleSPSS.dat in your workspace?

Had you done a search of the archives you would have found many such early discussions:

RSiteSearch("Unrecognized record type 7, subtype 18 encountered in system file")

David Winsemius, MD
West Hartford, CT

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