[Rd] foreign package: read.epiinfo() (PR#12645)

gilescrane at verizon.net gilescrane at verizon.net
Sun Aug 31 03:55:07 CEST 2008

Full_Name: Giles L. Crane
Version: 2.7.2
OS: WIndows XP
Submission from: (NULL) (

   In the foreign package, read.epiinfo() mistakenly reads the first character
of the heading lines as part of the variable name.  This first character of
the heading lines which define the variables indicates a fill character
used by ENTERX.EXE to initially fill fields on screen.  Typically this 
character may be underscore ("_"), or pound ("#").
   The function read.epiinfo() shouldbe fixed so that first character
is not part of the file name.
   The use of this character is well-documented in the EPI6 manual 
under the discussion of the .REC file heading.

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