[R] read.table with a "memory connection"

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Apr 1 11:06:07 CEST 2015

On 01/04/2015 09:52, Thomas wrote:
> Hi,
> Is there a way to create "memory connections" in R which are valid
> connections to read.table (and associated function)? By saying "memory
> connection" I refer to something like a connection created from a simple
> character object (of length 1) - instead of having the content in a
> physical file just have it in an ordinary R object. More or less the
> equivalent to the std::istringstream class in C++.

I believe you are looking for 'text connections':  see the 'text' 
argument to read.table() and ?textConnection.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics, University of Oxford
1 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3TG, UK

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