[R] writing to .xlsx

jim holtman jholtman at gmail.com
Wed Jan 9 20:52:05 CET 2013

Can you use '.xls' format files? If so, XLConnect works pretty good
for those.  If you are using '.xlsx' format (zip files internally),
XLConnect takes much more CPU and memory to handle them.

On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM, Benjamin Caldwell
<btcaldwell at berkeley.edu> wrote:
> Dear r helpers;
> I'm interested in reading from and writing to large .xlsx files fairly
> regularly.  (Why, the naysayers may ask - and the answer is basically
> colleagues and clients who prefer that format). I've tried out the
> XLConnect and xlsx libraries, but the java implementation they use just
> takes too much RAM for the files I'm working with.
> gdata leverages perl and works really well for reading in those files, so
> half the problem is solved for me! I don't see anything in the
> documentation about writing .xlsx, though. Is anyone aware of any libraries
> or clever solutions in R that would get the job done for me? I see a couple
> packages on CPAN for writing an xlsx, so it's been done in perl; perhaps it
> would be easy to run that from R? I don't use perl myself (yet?).
> Looking for recommendations.
> Best
> Ben Caldwell
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Jim Holtman
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