[R] read.dta error after OSX change in time zone

From: Danstan Bagenda <baganda_at_mac.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 02:30:32 -0500


Hello all,

I recently moved from the US to Africa & on changing my time zone in the OSX system preferences from EST to GMT+3 ( East Africa) on attempting to use read.dta using the foreign package began getting an error of:

"Error in fromchar(x) : character string is not in a standard unambiguous format"

This error goes away & the data is correctly read in when I revert to the EST time zone.

I installed & am currently using R Version 1.19-pre (devel, r4291) (4291) while I was still in the US.

I am running OS X 10.4.11 on an intel core duo Macbbook pro.

I would appreciate any help . I have tried to search the list & FAQ with no solution to this problem.

Happy 2008.

Danstan Bagenda

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