How can I read part of a dBase file
I think the function
in the package
is for reading part of the
shapefile, in which case reading in part of the file really doesn't make sense. You seem to want to do something different.
may work depending on your system configuration. If you are using Windows and if you have the ODBC dBASE drivers installed, this will probably work for you (note: when you install MSOffice it installs a custom dsn called "dBase files" which should be accessible from
. So if you have MSOffice, this should work ...).
Important note . This will only work if you are using the 32-bit version of R. This is because there are no 64-bit ODBC dBASE drivers. Typically, when you download 64-bit R, you get both 32- and 64-bit versions, so it just switches between them.
library(RODBC) # setwd("< directory with your files >") conn <- odbcConnect(dsn="dBASE Files") df <- sqlFetch(conn,"myTable",max=10) # grab first ten rows head(df) # LENGTH COASTLN010 # 1 0.02482170 1 # 2 0.01832134 2 # 3 0.03117752 3 # 4 0.04269755 4 # 5 0.02696307 5 # 6 0.05047828 6 sqlQuery(conn,"select * from myTable where LENGTH<0.008") # LENGTH COASTLN010 # 1 0.00625200 186 # 2 0.00634897 379 # 3 0.00733319 1583 # 4 0.00369786 1617 # 5 0.00722233 1618 # 6 0.00524176 1636
The above example is only meant to give you an idea of how to use
. In this example, I have a file
in the "with all your files" directory and this dbf has two columns:
(this file is actually part of the shoreline shapefile, but that doesn't matter ...).
If that doesn't work, try:
conn <- odbcConnectDbase("myTable.dbf")
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