[R] Accessing defunct package
dwinsemius at comcast.net
Fri Sep 25 22:13:44 CEST 2015
On Sep 25, 2015, at 11:23 AM, Dennis Fisher wrote:
> Thanks for suggesting this. Three issues of note:
> 1. I too work on a Mac. When I downloaded the last archived version (which has a .gz extension), OS X automatically unzipped the file and removed the .gz extension. I was able to gzip the file so that I could execute your exact command. However, I am curious whether you were able to download without OS X unzipping it.
I use Firefox and had no trouble. I think Sarah has probably identified the difference in our workflow.
> 2. When I executed your exact command, I received one warning message:
> SASxport.c:695:10: warning: unused variable 'dbl' [-Wunused-variable]
> I presume that this can be ignored. Am I correct?
I'm not sure. It certainly sounds ignorable to me. I did not see such a warning.
> 3. Did you actually run the write.xport command? I did so and it failed on a number of files (but worked on others). Failures yielded the following error:
> Error in nchar(var) : invalid multibyte string 3157
> I traced the problem in this instance to the following text:
> Other than editing the object to remove errant text, is there some general way to prevent this error?
No. I have never used SASxport. I was merely reporting (apparent) success in installing it from source on a Mac SL branch 3.2.1.
I get no error when I run the example on the help page:
> abc <- data.frame( x=c(1, 2, NA, NA ), y=c('a', 'B', NA, '*' ) )
> ## look at it
1 1 a
2 2 B
3 NA <NA>
4 NA *
> ## add a format specifier (not used by R)
> SASformat(abc$x) <- 'date7.'
> ## add a variable label (not used by R)
> label(abc$y) <- 'character variable'
> ## add a dataset label and type
> label(abc) <- 'Simple example'
> SAStype(abc) <- 'MYTYPE'
> ## verify the additions
'data.frame': 4 obs. of 2 variables:
$ x: atomic 1 2 NA NA
..- attr(*, "SASformat")= chr "date7."
$ y: Factor w/ 3 levels "*","a","B": 2 3 NA 1
..- attr(*, "label")= chr "character variable"
- attr(*, "label")= chr "Simple example"
- attr(*, "SAStype")= chr "MYTYPE"
> # create a SAS XPORT file
> write.xport( abc, file="xxx.dat" )
I think a minimal example would be needed. I'm wondering if one of those weird `ea`-ligatures might be tripping you up when spelling 'diarrhea'.
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>> On Sep 25, 2015, at 1:00 PM, David Winsemius <dwinsemius at comcast.net> wrote:
>> I think it might be even simpler at least for now. The error checking done by CRAN can be more rigorous than that done when an installation is done locally. I don't see a report in the current package checks listing of what error was identified, but experimentation is always an option. When I download the last archived version and install from source I get no error on R 3.2.2 (Mac-SL fork):
>> install.packages('~/Downloads/SASxport_1.5.0.tar.gz', repos = NULL , type="source")
>> On Sep 25, 2015, at 8:08 AM, Jeff Newmiller wrote:
>>> Obtain the source package and fix it? Most errors are relatively minor adjustments that just require reading the updated "Writing R Extensions" document to figure out. You might be unlucky, but I think the odds are in your favor.
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>>> On September 25, 2015 7:25:33 AM PDT, Dennis Fisher <fisher at plessthan.com> wrote:
>>>> R 3.2.0
>>>> OS X
>>>> In the past, I used a package:
>>>> to output files to SAS’s XPT format. This was useful because FDA
>>>> requests that data be submitted in that format (even though they
>>>> typically must reconvert to some other format before the data are
>>>> It appears that the package is no longer available at CRAN:
>>>> Package ‘SASxport’ was removed from the CRAN repository.
>>>> Formerly available versions can be obtained from the archive.
>>>> Archived on 2015-06-09 as errors were not corrected despite reminders.
>>>> I have a previously-functioning version of the package on my computer.
>>>> When I attempt to load it with:
>>>> require("SASxport", lib.loc=“/PATH/TOt/R-Packages")
>>>> R responds:
>>>> Loading required package: SASxport
>>>> Failed with error: ‘package ‘SASxport’ was built before R 3.0.0:
>>>> please re-install it’
>>>> Other than reinstalling an old version of R (< 3.0.0), is there some
>>>> way that I can use the package?
>>>> Dennis Fisher MD
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