[Rd] read.csv confused by newline characters in header (PR#14103)

g.russell at eos-solutions.com g.russell at eos-solutions.com
Wed Dec 2 10:55:12 CET 2009

Full_Name: George Russell
Version: 2.10.0
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
Submission from: (NULL) (

The following code (typed into R --vanilla)

testString <- '"B1\nB2"\n1\n'
con <- textConnection(testString)
tab <- read.csv(con,stringsAsFactors = FALSE)

produces a data frame with with one row and one column; the name of the column
is "B1.B2" (alright so far). However according to

the value of the entry in the first row and first column is


So B2 has somehow got into both the names of the data frame and its entry.
Either R is confused or I am. What is going on?

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