query for large object display

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Tue Jan 15 17:55:06 CET 2002

>>>>> "BS" == Ben Shoemaker <shoemake at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov> writes:

    BS> Hi,

    BS> I use ESS version 5.1.19 in xemacs 20.4 and am very happy with
    BS> it.  Occasionally, however, I type an object's name and forget
    BS> to explore first if it's a large object.  If it is, it causes
    BS> xemacs to freeze up, sometimes indefinitely while it's trying
    BS> to dump all of the data to the buffer.  Is there a variable to
    BS> set which would query yes/no (or simply refuse to do it) if
    BS> the object is beyond a certain size?

What statistical language?  

If S (or R), the answer is actually no, you would have to rewrite the
S or R output routine ("print.default", or something like that) to go
through a pager if the size (dimensions or memory usage) is greater
than something.  

I've had reasonably okay luck with just hitting Ctl-G and Ctl-C often
and rapidly to try to pause things.  

But it isn't perfect.

Rodney's answer works well with SAS, I suspect (and with BUGS,


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