[R] read.table opening a website incl Password

Roland Rau roland.rproject at gmail.com
Wed May 16 19:51:16 CEST 2007

Dear all,

so far I tried various things but I did not really succeed:
- starting R with --internet2
- using url()
- using read.table("http://myusr:mypswd@www.mydata.com/adir/afile.txt")

I just have an idea what the problem could be for me:
The username is actually an email address. So the '@'-character has some 
ambiguous meaning in my setting. Sorry that I did not think of that 

Thank you very much for your help,

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> On Wed, 16 May 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.
> Well, it could not.  You need ftp:// or http:// for this to be a URL. 
> This ought to work for ftp:, but AFAIK not for http:.  You could always 
> try --internet2: if it works in IE, it will probably also work in R.
>> 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).
>> Thanks,
>> Roland
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