[R] Load and unload libraries
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Apr 1 12:53:06 CEST 2003
On 1 Apr 2003, Rita Ribeiro wrote:
> On Tue, 2003-04-01 at 10:53, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> > On 1 Apr 2003, Rita Ribeiro wrote:
> > > I'm having some problems in loading libraries. I wonder if anyone can
> > > help me with this.
> > >
> > > I have created two libraries with the same name at different locations.
> > Do you mean packages?
> Yes, sorry.
> Packages in tar.gz files which I have installed with R CMD INSTALL in
> different locations, just to test different things.
> The library locations are the paths to where the packages have been
> Here's a small simulation:
> > library(mylib,lib.loc1)
> > .path.package("mylib") # returns lib.loc1
> > detach('package:mylib')
> > .path.package("rpart")
> Error in .path.package(mylib) : none of the packages are loaded
> > exists("mylib") # returns FALSE
> > library(mylib,lib.loc2)
> > .path.package("mylib") # returns lib.loc2
> > .find.package("mylib") # returns lib.loc2
> The problem is when I invoke mylib function: it uses the binary code
> from the first library location.
> Is there anyway of "unloading" the first library to load a new one,
> although with the same name. Ie is there anyway of getting a "cleanup"
If you mean shared library, yes. See the .Last.lib function in
src/library/tcltk/R/windows/zzz.R. Don't do this if you have used the
registration functions, though.
> Should I give different names to the packages to solve the problem? I
> preferred no to....
It's what R expects.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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