Does read.xport read both version 5 and version 8 xpt files? This link to
the Library of Congress can get you started on how to interpret the
header. (It states that Version 8 was introduced in 2012 but was not in
wide use as of early 2017.)
On Sat, Apr 14, 2018 at 12:18 PM, WRAY NICHOLAS via R-help <
> -------- Original Message ----------
> From: WRAY NICHOLAS <nicholas.w...@ntlworld.com>
> To: peter dalgaard <pda...@gmail.com>
> Date: 14 April 2018 at 20:18
> Subject: Re: [R] Reading xpt files into R
> Well yesterday I'd downloaded the "foreign" package and tried to open the
> xpt file using that:
> I got the following error and warning messages:
> > read.xport("test.xpt")
> Error in read.xport("test.xpt") :
> The specified file does not start with a SAS xport file header!
> In addition: Warning message:
> In readBin(file, what = character(0), n = 1, size =
> nchar(xport.file.header, :
> null terminator not found: breaking string at 10000 bytes
> I can open the xpt using wordpad and there is a header but it seems to be
> just text. I really don't know what constitutes an "
> SAS xport file header"
> On 14 April 2018 at 10:32 peter dalgaard <pda...@gmail.com> wrote:
> That's what he tried, but the bottom line is that just because something
> is called foo.xpt there is no guarantee that it actually is a SAS XPORT
> file. Firefox plugins use the same extension but it could really be
> anything - naming conventions are just that: conventions.
> So dig deeper and find out what the file really is (or was supposed to be).
> > On 14 Apr 2018, at 00:18 , David Winsemius <
> dwinsem...@comcast.net> wrote:
> > There is a read.xport function in the foreign package and I
> think most people would have chosen that one as a first attemp. It's part
> of the standard R distribution. It refers you to https://support.sas.com/
> techsup/technote/ts140.pdf for details on the format.
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