[R] Re: Solving problems with read.fwf(), perl under WinNT (was: Re: [R] Using metric scaling)

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Oct 18 19:19:58 CEST 1999

On Mon, 18 Oct 1999, [iso-8859-1] Jens Oehlschlägel-Akiyoshi wrote:

> Some days ago a problem with perl under WinNT was reported, which lead to
> > > t1 <- read.fwf("d:/maj/consulting/MarkStevens/matrix.txt", width=c(4,
> 22,
> > rep(7, 8)))
> > Error: "scan" can't open file
> I installed perl from the WindowsNt Recource Kit CD (Sept. 98) and
> encountered the same problem:
> Scan couldn't open the file
> - because perl did not produce it
> - because perl could not find it's library files
> - because the installation procedure did not copy the library files to my HD
> - and instead created registry entries pointing to the CD

[ ... ]

Thank you. However, the original problem was a space in the path name
where R was installed, and we have both sent Murray a fix and put
a more permanent one in for the next release of R.

I definitely would not recommend that version of Perl (even before your
experience): you can get a current Perl with a working installer at

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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Oxford OX1 3TG, UK                Fax:  +44 1865 272595

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