[R] read.table( ... comment.char="#") truncated my data

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Oct 11 22:04:31 CEST 2002

The default has been "#" since version 1.4.0, that is for the last *five*
releases of R.  Changing *now* would be `not compatible earlier versions
of R'.

On Fri, 11 Oct 2002 Ren_Yu at hgsi.com wrote:

> I found that the new feature of the comment.char="#"  argument in the
> read.table function truncated my data while the data set actually contains
>  '#'. We analyze lot of data that contain '#'. This is really annoying and
> it is also not compatible earlier version of R. I searched the R archive
> and found the following message for the scan function. Is it possible to
> change the default to " " in read.table ?

Yes, and it is easy for you to do: see read.csv for a hint about how to do

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