Wednesday, January 06, 2016

R: 'file' must be a character string or connection

I was using Shiny app in R and I was trying to read a file using fileInput control but I faced the following error:

Listening on
Error in read.table(file = file, header = header, sep = sep, quote = quote,  :
  'file' must be a character string or connection

Problem code:

file <- read.csv(file=input$file1,head=TRUE,sep=",", stringsAsFactors=FALSE)
csv <- str(file)


inFile <- input$file1
if (is.null(inFile))

csv <- read.csv(inFile$datapath, header=TRUE, sep=",")

The resolution was to use the datapath property of the input file and not the file itself.

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