[Rd] Slow try in combination with do.call

Martin Maechler m@ech|er @end|ng |rom @t@t@m@th@ethz@ch
Thu Sep 16 17:48:41 CEST 2021

>>>>> Alexander Kaever 
>>>>>     on Thu, 16 Sep 2021 14:00:03 +0000 writes:

    > Hi,
    > It seems like a try(do.call(f, args)) can be very slow on error depending on the args size. This is related to a complete deparse of the call using deparse(call)[1L] within the try function. How about replacing deparse(call)[1L] by deparse(call, nlines = 1)?

    > Best,
    > Alex

an *excellent* idea!

I have checked that the resulting try() object continues to contain the
long large call; indeed that is not the problem, but the
deparse()ing  *is* as you say above.

{The experts typically use  tryCatch() directly, instead of  try() ,
 which may be the reason other experienced R developers have not
 stumbled over this ...}

Thanks a lot, notably also for the clear  repr.ex. below.

Best regards,

    > Example:

    > fun <- function(x) {
    > stop("testing")
    > }
    > d <- rep(list(mtcars), 10000)
    > object.size(d)
    > # 72MB

    > system.time({
    > try(do.call(fun, args = list(x = d)))
    > })
    > # 8s

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