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How do you import a plain text file as a single character string in R? I think that this will probably have a very simple answer but when I tried this today I found that I couldn't find a function to do this.

For example, suppose I have a file foo.txt with something I want to examine.

I tried it with:

scan("foo.txt", what="character", sep=NULL)

but this still returned a vector. I got it working somewhat with:

paste(scan("foo.txt", what="character", sep=" "),collapse=" ")

but that is quite an ugly solution which is probably unstable too.

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To import a text file as a single character, use the read_file() function from the readr package in R as follows:


myString <- read_file("C:/Users/intellipaat/Desktop/Questions/FILE1.txt")





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