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I have .csv files in a directory (lets say C:/Dowloads). I am able to read all the files from that directory using the list.files("path"). But I am unable to read a specified number of files using a for loop. That is, lets say I have 332 files and I just want to read only files 1 to 10 or 5 to 10.

Here is an example:

files <- list.files("path")

files ## displays all the files.

Now for testing I did:

k <- files[1:10]


## here it displays the files from 1 to 10.

So I kept the same thing using a for loop, as I want to read files one by one.

for(i in 1:length(k)){

  length(i) ## just tested the length 


But it is giving as NA or Null or 1.

Can any one explain how can I read specified .csv files using a for loop or any other way?

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Use nchar  to get the number of characters for each element of the character vector.

So,the code will look like this:

path.to.csv <- "/path/to/your/csv/files"


print(files)  ## list all files in path


print(k)      ## list first 10 files in path

for(i in 1:length(k)) {  ## loop through the first 10 files

  print(k[i]) ## each file name

  print(nchar(k[i])) ## the number of characters in each file name

  df <- read.csv(paste0(path.to.csv,"/",k[i]))  ## read each as a csv file

  ## process each df in turn here


You should also paste the "path" to the file name in calling read.csv.

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