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read_fwf on empty file throws error #441

antoine-sachet opened this issue Jun 21, 2016 · 0 comments

read_fwf on empty file throws error #441

antoine-sachet opened this issue Jun 21, 2016 · 0 comments


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@antoine-sachet antoine-sachet commented Jun 21, 2016


read_fwf on an empty file throws this (Windows-specific I think) error message:
Error: Cannot read file xxx: The volume for a file has been externally altered so that the opened file is no longer valid.

Note that this is a new behaviour: before I installed the latest readr version, the error was simply Cannot read file xxx.

I have the latest readr from github (re-installed minutes ago) and I work with R version 3.2.3 on Windows 7.

To reproduce:

# create an empty file in working dir
write_csv(data.frame(), "emptyFile")
# this line fails
read_fwf("emptyFile", col_positions=fwf_widths(1))

This is similar to this issue, which has been solved by returning empty structures when the file was empty. I suggest to extend the fix to read_fwf.

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