[Rd] environmentName

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Sun Jan 7 12:30:12 CET 2007

On 1/7/2007 5:01 AM, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> I noticed the new environmentName in R 2.5.0dev.  Thus I gather that
> each environment has:
> (1) a name
> (2) a hex value
> so
> 1. environmentName gets the name.  Is there any way to set the name?

The NEWS entry says:

     o	New function environmentName() to give the print name of
	environments such as "namespace:base".
	This is now used by str().

Take a look at the implementation in src/main/builtin.c.  The name isn't 
part of the environment, this is just derived from how the environment 
is being used.

If you want to attach a label to an environment, use an attribute.  You 
can put an S3 class on an environment if you want it to print your label 
by default rather than use the standard print mechanism.

> 2. is there any way to get the hex value for an environment other than doing:
>        e <- new.env()
>        capture.output(e)

Not in R code, but there's no use for it in R code, either.  If you want 
to test for whether two variables refer to the same environment, then 
attach a unique label to the environments when you create them and check 
the labels.

Duncan Murdoch

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