[R] strange (to me) ncolumns default value in 'write'

From: Antonio, Fabio Di Narzo <antonio.fabio_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon 05 Jun 2006 - 02:42:35 EST


Hi all.
In 'write' documentation, one can read:

write(x, file = "data",

      ncolumns = if(is.character(x)) 1 else 5,
      append = FALSE, sep = " ")

Now my question is: why the default value of 1column for character vectors and the special value '5' for non character vectors?

Nice sunday to all,
Antonio, Fabio Di Narzo.

Note: this is just curiosity. Don't read as: "WHY? WHY!?!?", but just as "why?"

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