Re: [R] reading text file in Windows (was no subject)

From: Gabor Grothendieck <>
Date: Thu 15 Jul 2004 - 03:03:43 EST

John Fox <jfox <at>> writes:

> You got several useful suggestions for what you may have done wrong. I often
> find that it's easier to use read.table(file.choose()) and to navigate to
> the file in the resulting dialog than to type the path to the file.

Related to this, you could issue the command exactly as shown without any arguments at all:


from the R console, navigate to the correct file and it will return the correct text representation of the filename to use in your read.table.

For example, below I navigated to the AUTHORS file in the rw1091 R distribution:

   R> file.choose()
   [1] "C:\\Program Files\\R\\rw1091\\AUTHORS"

This should help you decipher whether you got the path wrong, the filename wrong, etc. mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! Received on Thu Jul 15 03:20:50 2004

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