[Rd] Generalising object.size

Jonathan Rougier J.C.Rougier@durham.ac.uk
Fri, 08 Jun 2001 09:33:05 +0100

Hi everyone,

Currently (R-1.2.3) object.size called with an environment tells you the
size of the environment handle but not the size of the sum of the
objects contained within the environment.  Is anyone but me interested
in the following simple generalisation:

"object.size" <- function (x, expand.envir = FALSE)
  if (expand.envir && is.environment(x)) {
    s <- 0
    for (i in ls(envir=x))
      s <- s + Recall(get(i, envir=x))
  } else

> fred <- new.env()
> assign("letters", letters, envir=fred)
> assign("numbers", 1:10, envir=fred) 
> object.size(fred)
[1] 28
> object.size(fred, TRUE)
[1] 408

As an aside, I had to use a for-loop here because Recall does not work
inside a sapply:

	sum(sapply(ls(envir=x), function(i) Recall(get(i, envir=x))))

causes an infinite recursion because the wrong function gets
"Recall"-ed.  Is there any way around this?

Cheers, Jonathan.

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