[R] Reading text files from other languages

Joshua Wiley jwiley.psych at gmail.com
Sun Mar 11 00:49:24 CET 2012

Hi Julio,

If you look at the documentation for


you will see '...' further arguments to be passed to 'read.table'

and if you look at


you will see there is an argument called, 'encoding', so, yes.  Just
specify the encoding.



On Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM, Julio Sergio <juliosergio at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm trying to read a data file that contains characters from the Spanish
> language:
>> Station <- read.fwf("LosDatos.txt",widths=c(7,7,25,8,8,5),header=FALSE,
> +                     skip=3,n=separ[1]-4)
> Then the R interpreter issues the following message:
>  Error en substring(x, first, last) :
>    invalid multibyte string at '<d1>A, S.'
>  Calls: read.fwf -> cat -> sapply -> lapply -> FUN -> substring
> I know that the message is because there is a "Ñ" before the text "A, S.".
> Is there a way to tell R that the text file is UTF-8 encoded?
> Thanks,
> --Sergio.
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Joshua Wiley
Ph.D. Student, Health Psychology
Programmer Analyst II, Statistical Consulting Group
University of California, Los Angeles

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