[Rd] Using STL containers in R/C++

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Jan 5 05:21:05 CET 2006

Using C++ will reduce portability of your code.  Using C++'s STL (not R's 
stl, so it is a good idea to spell out jargon) will reduce the 
portability further.

R itself does not use C++, and although a C++ compiler is found, it is 
only very mininally tested (and in particular its headers and libraries 
are not checked).  Some of us have only rather old C++ compilers on 
commercial Unixen.

On Wed, 4 Jan 2006, Andrew Finley wrote:

> Hi All,
> I am in the process of writing an R extension in c++ and am using several
> STL containers  (e.g., vector<double>, map<int, double>, multimap<int,
> double>).  I make sure to clear all these containers at the end of the
> .Call.   Everything compiles and runs just fine, but I'm a bit worried
> since I haven't found any other packages that use STL.
> So, my question: is it OK to use the STL containers in my code?  Will the
> use of this library somehow limit portability of this package? Or cause
> memory management problems?
> Thanks-
> Andy
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