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read_sas failure for one (encoding issue?) #336

claudiaQB opened this Issue Jan 11, 2018 · 2 comments


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claudiaQB commented Jan 11, 2018

First of all thank you for this great package to import SAS datasets into R.

I encountered an issue when reading this file (you will have to unzip it). This is the error:

> read_sas('grocencodingviet.sas7bdat')
Unsupported character set code: 68

Error in df_parse_sas_file(spec_data, spec_cat, encoding = encoding, cols_only = cols_only) : 
  Failed to parse grocencodingviet.sas7bdat: File has an unsupported character set.

I tried to set several encoding options but did not succeed to import it.

I can succesfully read it in SAS 9.3, with the following note:

NOTE: Data file EXP0.GROCENCODINGVIET.DATA is in a format that is native to another host, or the
file encoding does not match the session encoding. Cross Environment Data Access will be used,
which might require additional CPU resources and might reduce performance.


Please find below R session infos:

R version 3.3.2 (2016-10-31)
Platform: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu (64-bit)
Running under: Debian GNU/Linux 8 (jessie)

[1] en_US.UTF-8

attached base packages:
[1] stats     graphics  grDevices utils     datasets  methods   base     

other attached packages:
[1] haven_1.1.0 rj_2.0.5-2 

loaded via a namespace (and not attached):
 [1] readr_1.1.1   R6_2.2.2      magrittr_1.5  hms_0.3       tools_3.3.2  
 [6] rj.gd_2.0.0-1 tibble_1.3.3  Rcpp_0.12.9   forcats_0.2.0 rlang_0.1.1  

I tried with the latest github version (, commit ff69f3e) but it didn't solve the problem.

Thank you very much in advance for your help.


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evanmiller commented Jan 11, 2018

Thanks. Fixed in ReadStat with this commit: WizardMac/ReadStat@27cc43b

@hadley hadley closed this in bfb911b Jan 16, 2018


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