[Rd] Excel -> *.CSV in Unix (Linux) command line?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon, 20 Aug 2001 19:52:35 +0100 (BST)

On Mon, 20 Aug 2001, Byron Ellis wrote:

> On Mon, 20 Aug 2001, Kurt Hornik wrote:
> >
> > Martin,
> >
> > One remark.  If we think we want to be able to import Excel data
> > directly into R then neither solution will do I think: the xls2csv
> > program from (2) is not good enough, and the other solutions require
> > tools that may not be available.  (Effort is currently put into removing
> > run-time and even build-time dependency on Perl and shell tools, and use
> > R scripts instead.)
> >
> > I think it would be nice if package `foreign' had at least limited
> > support for reading in .xls files ...
> There is complete documentation for the Excel format (BIFF I think its
> called) in the Excel SDK--- I'm not sure where you get it (it is probably
> on one of the MSDN CDs somewhere, but it doesn't appear to be on the
> website). For Excel 2002 (aka ExcelXP) as with most of the MS OfficeXP
> line, they've added native XML support making reading/writing files much
> less of a problem.

Unfortunately, it's plain wrong according to the authors of the Perl

Gnumeric has reasonably readable code for this ...

It's a problem: those who really need this have ways (Star Office,
Gnumeric, Perl scripts, rebooting into W2k) and those who don't haven;t
the motivation.

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