[Rd] save/load hooks

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri, 21 Jul 2000 20:07:22 +0100 (BST)

On Fri, 21 Jul 2000, Timothy H. Keitt wrote:

> I'd like to suggest a small feature be added to R.  It would be nice if
> "load" and "save" had function hooks for object initialization and
> finalization, e.g.,
> 	load.hook <- function(x) UseMethod("load.hook")
> 	save.hook <- function(x) UseMethod("save.hook")
> These would then be called on each object saved or loaded.  The default
> method would do nothing.   This would allow saved objects to
> reinitialize their state when loaded.

R objects contain their complete state as far as R is concerned.  Could you
give us an example of why you want this?  I guess you must have some
non-standard objects in mind, in which case it seems wasteful to do this
for all R objects in a workspace.

Another potential problem on loading is ordering: how do you ensure that
what you want to do is already available?  The workspace is loaded before
any profiles, so only a minimal set of functions is available, excludng any
packages bar base.  And the error handling at that stage is I think
incomplete, given that tey() does not work in profiles.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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