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Extend support for extensionless files #342

stephlocke opened this Issue Apr 17, 2017 · 2 comments


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stephlocke commented Apr 17, 2017

  1. It'd be nifty if read_excel() will try the lower level functions if it does not detect an extension
  2. More importantly, excel_sheets() needs support for extensionless files

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jennybc commented Apr 17, 2017

Reminding myself of context: Shiny will strip file extension (although I hold on to some hope that this will change one day rstudio/shiny#1501). So there is no easy way for Shiny app developer to take advantage of the new functions read_xls() or read_xlsx(). Because they don't know if its xls or xlsx. The workaround is to try read_xlsx() and catch the error, in which case try again with read_xls(). That doesn't help with excel_sheets(), though.


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jennybc commented Apr 19, 2017

Detect format with something along these lines (suggestion from @jimhester):

readBin(no_ext_xls, n = 8, what = "raw")
#> [1] d0 cf 11 e0 a1 b1 1a e1
readBin(no_ext_xlsx, n = 4, what = "raw")
#> [1] 50 4b 03 04
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