Re: [R] Opening files from R terminal - appologies

From: Rossouw, Ruan (RF) <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 15:41:23 +0200

Hi Robin,
Look at ?read.csv and ?read.table

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From: [] On Behalf Of Williams, Robin
Sent: 22 July 2008 03:25 PM
Subject: [R] Opening files from R terminal - appologies

Dear all,
  I appologise for cluttering up the list with such a basic question, however I have been unable to find the answer I want (possibly through my poor usage of the R help system).
  As I am visually impaired and using assistive technology, I think I would prefer to use R from the terminal mode, i.e. by running rterm.exe found in the bin directory.
  I have managed to set my working directory, I know this as typing getwd() returns
which is the directory I want. In this directory is a file named InitialDataAnalysis.csv which I would like to read in to R. However, I am simply unable to find the surely simple command to do this. Just typing InitialDataAnalysis.csv reports "object not found" etc, as does read.file("InitialDataAnalysis.csv") etc. I am surely making a simple mistake? Please could someone tell me how to read this file in to the terminal window?

  I know the file is in the directory and in the correct format as I am able to open it successfully in the R GUI, in this environment the file works properly, I can subset it, make dataframes etc, but as I say I would like to be able to do this in the terminal rather than the GUI.   I am new to R so please have patients with this request. Many thanks for any help,

Robin Williams
Met Office summer intern - Health Forecasting  

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