Error in file(con, "rb") : cannot open the connection

I'm trying to read a csv file and I keep getting this message. I'm very new to R. I think I've set the right working directory, and it seems like it's an issue with file permissions. As far as I can tell I have write permission for this file. Not sure how to resolve this issue.

#> Attaching package: 'data.table'
#> The following objects are masked from 'package:dplyr':
#>     between, first, last
#> The following object is masked from 'package:purrr':
#>     transpose
housing_census_2016 <- read_csv("C:\\Users\\Lee\\Documents\\R\\housing\\housing_census_2016")
#> Warning in file(con, "rb"): cannot open file 'C:/Users/Lee/Documents/R/housing/
#> housing_census_2016': Permission denied
#> Error in file(con, "rb"): cannot open the connection

Does the file name not have an extension like .csv? The command would then be

housing_census_2016 <- read_csv("C:\\Users\\Lee\\Documents\\R\\housing\\housing_census_2016.csv")

I think you get the permission denied message if you try to use read.csv on a directory.

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Thank you! This was the issue

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