[R] Reading/writing XDR files

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Dec 16 18:19:23 CET 2001

On Sun, 16 Dec 2001, Randall Skelton wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am writing relatively large data files from some simulation code that
> runs on a variety of different platforms.  I just migrated from my own
> (broken) file format that was not particularly platform independent to the
> XDR format.  Is it possible to read these XDR files directly into R?

Possibly!  Most of the time XDR is just Sun's native format, so try using
readBin with endian="big".  That's true for ints, longs, float and
doubles, at least.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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