Re: [R] download.file()

From: Paul Evans <>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 11:09:03 -0700 (PDT)


Correct. However I have a large number of tar files to download (with several zip files in each) - so doing it manually is going to be somewhat difficult.

I may have to package this code for other users and if possible, would only like to use R for these operations.

thanks for the reply!

On Tuesday 18 March 2008 06:32:18 pm Paul Evans wrote: PE> Also, is there a method/package (in R) with which I can unpack a tar file PE> programatically?

I guesses that question when I saw your tar file. Not that you not only need to un-tar but also to un-zip then several other files in that tarball.

Counter-question: is it necessary that you do all that from within R? You could manually download, untar/unzip and then read the data that will be your next problem: the files have different names and some other information then just a table ...

So unless you want to extract a lot of separate tables I think it is easier to do it manually.


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