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

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 11:19:14 +0100 (BST)

It works for me, on Windows with that version of foreign. I also tried under Linux with valgrind, and nothing untoward was reported. The warnings are

Warning messages:
1: In read.spss("mySPSSfile.sav") :

   mySPSSfile.sav: File-indicated character representation code (1252) looks like a Windows codepage
2: In read.spss("mySPSSfile.sav") :

   mySPSSfile.sav: Unrecognized record type 7, subtype 18 encountered in system file

The first is innocuous for you (given your locale), and the second indicated that there is info that we don't know about (SPSS 16.x is not common).

On Tue, 29 Jul 2008, Chuck Cleland wrote:

> 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
>
> locale:
> 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:
>
> http://www.chuckcleland.net/mySPSSfile.sav
>
> I would be grateful if someone could help to figure out why this file
> causes a problem.
>
> thanks,
>
> Chuck
>
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