[R-pkg-devel] Working with connections

Glenn Schultz glennmschultz at me.com
Sun Aug 9 16:45:03 CEST 2015

Hi Hadley,
Thanks for answering.  I basically followed what was outlined in Software for Data Analysis.  Although, I must admit it was a little light in this area (about a paragraph).  I will have to do some additional reading/research on the RDS inside a gz issue.  If it is not the correct application then I need to correct what I am doing.

To the second issue, I am exposing then data via a function to provide data storage/retrieval flexibility because cusip data for MBS securities can go to the terabyte.  Additionally, in the case of a REMIC (a resecuritization)  the cusip detail is assembled from many objects (a one to many relationship) before analysis begins.

So, based on the above I was thinking that one could have the data stored remotely (SQL, etc.) and edit the connection function as needed to point it to the required cusip data.  Is there a better way to do this?


On Aug 09, 2015, at 09:23 AM, Hadley Wickham <h.wickham at gmail.com> wrote:

Also it's a little strange to put an RDS file _inside_ a gz, since
normally the compression is done internally.

And are you sure you should be exposing this data via a function,
rather than using the regular package data mechanism?


On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 7:04 AM, Joshua Ulrich <josh.m.ulrich at gmail.com> wrote:
On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 8:59 AM, Glenn Schultz <glennmschultz at me.com> wrote:
Hi All,

I use connections to open and close data folders needed by my package.
After each function closes I get the following warnings (depending on the
connection that has been opened).

10: closing unused connection 3

Below is the connection function that is related to the above warning:

#' A connection function to BondData calling MBS cusps
#' Opens a connection to the BondData folder to call MBS cusip data
#' @param MBS.id A character string the MBS.id or cusip number current
MBS.id is supported
#' @export
MBS <- function(MBS.id = "character"){
MBS.Conn <- gzfile(description = paste(system.file(package
= "BondLab"),
"/BondData/", MBS.id, ".rds", sep = ""), open
= "rb")
MBS <- readRDS(MBS.Conn)

I have googled this warning and it seems to be triggered when a function
terminates and the connection is open. But, I think the connection function
closes the connection once the object is returned. What am I doing wrong?

Your call to return() exits the function, so the close.connection()
call is never evaluated. Considering using on.exit() to close the
connection, since it will close the connection regardless of how the
function exits (e.g. because of an error).

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