[R] reading in a (very simple) list from a file

arun smartpink111 at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 10 19:48:38 CEST 2012


By modifying the earlier solution using sapply()

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----- Original Message -----
From: VA Smith <vas1 at st-andrews.ac.uk>
To: r-help at r-project.org
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 1:29 PM
Subject: [R] reading in a (very simple) list from a file

Apologies - I feel this is a very simple thing to do yet I am failing
massively. I keep finding information about how to do much more complicated
things (usually on this mailing list!), which then fail when I try to apply
it to my simple task.

Anyway, all I want to do is read in a series of key-value pairs from a file. 
I thought a list would be a good way to keep these, such that I could access
them like: listname$key

I was imagining a file like this:
key1 value1
key2 value2
key3 value3

(the keys will always be character strings, the values might be other types,
but they will always be single items)

I won't bore you with all the things I've tried. I'm sure I'm overlooking
something basic and simple, but I would greatly appreciate it if someone
could help me out here.

Thank you.

Best wishes,

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