Re: [R] download.file()

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 16:10:58 +0000 (GMT)

/geodat *is* an absoute path!

The second argument of download.file is called 'destfile', so what makes you think it is a desination *directory*?

Your command works for me, using an account that has write permission in / , and not otherwise. (It seems very unsafe that you would be using such an account unless this is a pre-Vista Windows machine.)

On Tue, 18 Mar 2008, Paul Evans wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I wanted to download a file and did the following:
> ---------------------------------------------------------
>> fileLink <- 'ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/pub/geo/DATA/supplementary/series/GSE1000/GSE1000_RAW.tar'
>> download.file(fileLink,'/geoDat')
> trying URL 'ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/pub/geo/DATA/supplementary/series/GSE1000/GSE1000_RAW.tar'
> ftp data connection made, file length 35307520 bytes
> opened URL
> downloaded 34480Kb
>
>>
> ------------------------------------------------------------
>
> However, when I look in the destination directory ('/geoDat'), the file
> is not there (I also tried giving it the absolute path).
>
> What am I doing wrong?

Not reading the help page?

> thanks!
>
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