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read_table() can wrongly read numbers (silently) #518
Of the attached files the shorter
I noticed a problem with some of my files some months ago, but I did not find the cause of the problem until yesterday.
readr installed from this repository minutes ago. 126.96.36.19900
An option to remove white space at the start of lines before parsing could solve the problem, I think. In many data sets where the first column is an ordered index quantity like wavelength it is common that the numbers are right justified. This may happen even in files where the columns are not all aligned, which prevents the use of a fixed format.