[Rd] assigning objects from .C/.Call
Peter Dalgaard BSA
25 Apr 2001 00:50:18 +0200
Prof Brian D Ripley <email@example.com> writes:
> On Tue, 24 Apr 2001, David James wrote:
> > Hi,
> > In section 4.6.7 of "Writing R Extensions" (Version 1.2.1, 2001-01-15)
> > the C function defineVar() is described as "... the equivalent
> > of assign(symbol, value, envir = rho, inherits = FALSE) ..."
> > I interpreted the above (wrongly) as meaning that defineVar() makes
> > a copy of its "value" argument into the object whose name is specified
> > in "symbol" in the "rho" environment (that's how assign() works at the
> > R/S level). However, this is not exactly how defineVar() appears to work.
> > In particular, it appears to assign the object in the environment "rho",
> > but further changes in the C code to the object are reflected in the
> > "assigned" object in rho (i.e., no actual copy of the object is made).
> > I can see that the implemented behavior is quite useful, but it's not
> > exactly equivalent to assign(). Perhaps the documentation should be more
> > explicit and add a sentence to warn users that the data part of the
> > object is shared? (The sentence may need to be more precise, though.)
> I'm happy to do so, but can someone provide the more precise sentence,
> please. When exactly does R make a copy?
At C level, you'd need to duplicate(). In an assign() call,
duplication takes place if the object is NAMED except if .Alias is
used. ...I think.
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