[R] question about scan()

Peter Baker (CMIS, Indooroopilly) Peter.Baker at csiro.au
Wed May 15 11:41:45 CEST 2002

On Tue, 14 May 2002 joshi at engr.orst.edu wrote:

>I am using the scan function to read from a file. In 
>general the syntax I am using is as follows:
>scan("myfile", list(a = "", b="", c="", d=""), sep=",")

try using  comment.char = "", as in
scan("myfile", list(a = "", b="", c="", d=""), sep=",", comment.char = "")

so that # isn't seen as a comment 
eg if its inside a string "abc#def" the string gets read properly


>The file I am trying to read contains a #< in the 'd' 
>field. When the file is read into an object, the d 
>field comes as "" for that particular string. 
>I guess the problem is because the # is used for 
>My question is that if I want to read the #< anyways 
>from the file, how do I do that?
>Thanks in advance.
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