[R] Equivalent of read.table for object rather than file

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Aug 5 19:40:54 CEST 2014

On 05/08/2014 18:29, sbihorel wrote:
> Hi,
> Let's say that I have a scalar character object called tmp which stores
> the entire content of an ASCII file. Is there a function that would
> process tmp the same way read.table() would process the content of the
> original ASCII file?
> The content of tmp will come from a database, and I want to extract the
> data without writing and reading to disk or without asking the database
> to transform the file content into a table.

The equivalent is read.table.  See its 'text' argument:

     text: character string: if ‘file’ is not supplied and this is, then
           data are read from the value of ‘text’ via a text connection.
           Notice that a literal string can be used to include (small)
           data sets within R code.

> Thank you
> Sebastien
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