Replace nth line in a text file

How do I go about in replacing the nth line of a text file in R?


To replace the third line of this:

$ cat junk.txt
sic transit
gloria mundi
temeo danoas
et dona ferentes

Do this:

> latin = readLines("junk.txt",-1)
> latin[3]="per ardua ad astra"
> writeLines(latin,"junkout.txt")

and get:

$ cat junkout.txt 
sic transit
gloria mundi
per ardua ad astra
et dona ferentes

You can writeLines(latin,"junk.txt") and overwrite the input file if you want.

I don't know if there is an option to change a specific line in the streaming file (seek in file), although you have the option to read the file , change a column and write the the frame to a file, read, write functions supply you what you need.

You may also use read.table() to read the file into a table format, change specific row and then write.table()

you have options like read.csv() and write.csv() and many other options like readLines().


Here is a wiki link for file handling in R

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