[R] Format ddmmYYYY in date

From: smoff <simon.frey_at_boku.ac.at>
Date: Wed, 04 May 2011 02:00:22 -0700 (PDT)


Hello everybody,

I'm quite new in using R so please do not kill me if I ask stupid questions.

My problem is that I have a table containing dates in the first column of 10 years. These dates have the format ddmmYYYY at least in the csv-file. After importing the file using read.table() R deletes the first character if it is a zero. So e.g. if it's 01012010 R displays it as 1012010. Now of course I cannot change the format of this column into date using as.date or strptime or at least I don't no how, because R wants to have all entires to be the same lenght. So it converts only entries like 10102000 to 10.10.2000 but write NA for shorter entries.
How do I solve this problem? Is there a way to tell R not to delete the first character even if it is a zero or to directly read the first column as date?

Thank you,

cheers,
Simon

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