[Rd] binary file access package

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri, 4 Aug 2000 08:48:03 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)

The src/contrib/Devel section on CRAN now has a package Rstreams for binary
file access, and there is also a pre-compiled Windows version on CRAN.

This was originally written by Duncan Murdoch using Delphi and the compiled
code has been re-written by me in C.  One of the demo applications included
is reading S binary objects (data objects, not language objects
such as functions) into R.

The main reason this is in Devel is that it should probably interact with
planned developments on file access (`connections') for future R versions.
It has a configure script, and runs on Solaris, Linux and Windows at least.

Future plans include the ability to read S's data.dump files.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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