[R] Two R sessions?
brahm at alum.mit.edu
Wed Apr 3 18:51:57 CEST 2002
Paul Y. Peng <ypeng at math.mun.ca> wrote:
> I wonder in R how do you handle one difference between R and S+. S+ saves
> objects as different files in .Data directory while R saves all objects in
> a big file .RData.
In both S+ and R, I treat objects in the workspace (pos=1) as disposable, and
objects in attached databases (pos>1) as permanent. I wrote the R package
"g.data" to store these permanent objects in separate files as S+ does:
"g.data" only loads the objects you actually use, so you don't have to read a
huge .RData file if you only want a small subset of the data. Give it a try!
> ..I can start two S+ sessions from the same directory and work simultaneously
> as long as new objects in the two sessions are not in the same names.
This strikes me as dangerous, especially since I have so many "x" and "y"
variables all over. Multiple sessions in R are much nicer, since I never store
my workspace and so there is never any interference. No need to worry about
what working directory I started R up in.
-- David Brahm (brahm at alum.mit.edu)
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