[R] Problem reading a particular file with read.spss()

From: Chuck Cleland <ccleland_at_optonline.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 04:49:47 -0400

Hi All:

   I have a seemingly typical SPSS data file with 219 rows and 486 variables. When I attempt to read this file into R with read.spss() in the foreign package, I consistently get a "crash". This is the sequence of events:

> library(foreign)
> sessionInfo()

R version 2.7.1 Patched (2008-07-24 r46120) i386-pc-mingw32

LC_COLLATE=English_United States.1252;LC_CTYPE=English_United States.1252;LC_MONETARY=English_United
States.1252;LC_NUMERIC=C;LC_TIME=English_United States.1252

attached base packages:
[1] stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods base

other attached packages:
[1] foreign_0.8-27

> read.spss("c:/chuck/mySPSSfile.sav")

"R for Windows GUI front-end has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience."

   It get a similar result trying to load the file under Rterm.exe. The file opens without any trouble in SPSS version 16.0.2 (April 10, 2008).   For anyone willing to investigate, I placed a copy of the SPSS file here:


   I would be grateful if someone could help to figure out why this file causes a problem.



Chuck Cleland, Ph.D.
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