[R] read.table opening a website incl Password

Chuck Cleland ccleland at optonline.net
Wed May 16 19:07:57 CEST 2007

Roland Rau wrote:
> Dear all,
> in the past I have been able to access websites with data directly. For 
> example the following code works nicely
> mydata <- 
> read.table("http://www.lifetable.de/data/MPIDR/POL_2004.txt", 	header=TRUE)
> But what happens if I need a username and password (a different site)? 
> How do I do that? Or is it not possible to this in R?
> I tried something like this
> mydata.frame <- read.table("myusr:mypswd at www.mydata.com/adir/afile.txt")
> but it did not work.
> I'd appreciate any hints.
> My platform is Win32 (and I am actually running R 2.3.1, but I guess 
> (hope!) this is not the reason. At least I checked the NEWS file whether 
> any changes appeared since 2.3.1 which could affect this behavior).

  In what way did it not work?  The following seems to work for me:


> Thanks,
> Roland
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