Re: [R] exporting long character vectors to dbf

From: Mulholland, Tom <>
Date: Wed 24 May 2006 - 11:50:30 EST

I assume this is (or was) a specification issue. I think write.dbf uses the shapefile library (C not R library) so it applies to the use of shapefiles and just happens to have been included in the foreign package because it has a generic usefullness. (Is that a word?)

Since I very rarely care about the elegance of my solutions, just that they work, I would try saving the file in another format that you can get open office to read and let it do the conversion rather than trying to get R to do it. I'm sure OpenOffice can deal with straightforward text files if that's a last resort.


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> Hi -
> I need to export data to openoffice base, where one of the elements is
> a long character vector (>255 characters.) write.dbf exports it as
> varchar, truncating the data. Any idea how to do this?
> thanks,
> -eduardo
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