Re: [R] read.csv fails to read a CSV file from google docs

From: David Winsemius <dwinsemius_at_comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:36:04 -0400

On Apr 29, 2011, at 11:19 AM, Tal Galili wrote:

> Hello all,
> I wish to use read.csv to read a google doc spreadsheet.
>
> I try using the following code:
>
> data_url <- "
> http://spreadsheets0.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?hl=en&hl=en&key=0AgMhDTVek_sDdGI2YzY2R1ZESDlmZS1VYUxvblQ0REE&single=true&gid=0&output=csv
> "
> read.csv(data_url)
>
> Which results in the following error:
>
> Error in file(file, "rt") : cannot open the connection
>
>
> I'm on windows 7. And the code was tried on R 2.12 and 2.13
>
> I remember trying this a few months ago and it worked fine.

I am always amused at such claims. Occasionally they are correct, but more often a crucial step has been omitted. In this case you have at a minimum embedded line-feeds in your URL string and have not established a connection, so it could not possibly have succeeded as presented.

But now it's time to admit I do not know why it is not succeeding when I correct those flaws.

 > closeAllConnections()
 > data_url <- url("
http://spreadsheets0.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?hl=en&hl=en&key=0AgMhDTVek_sDdGI2YzY2R1ZESDlmZS1VYUxvblQ0REE&single=true&gid=0&output=csv ")
 > read.csv(data_url)
Error in open.connection(file, "rt") : cannot open the connection

 > closeAllConnections()
 > dd <- read.csv(con <- url("http://spreadsheets0.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?hl=en&hl=en&key=0AgMhDTVek_sDdGI2YzY2R1ZESDlmZS1VYUxvblQ0REE&single=true&gid=0&output=csv "))
Error in open.connection(file, "rt") : cannot open the connection

So, I guess I'm not reading the help pages for `url` and `read.csv` as well I thought I was.

> Any suggestion what might be causing this or how to solve it?

-- 
David Winsemius, MD
West Hartford, CT

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