[Rd] Utilizing the internet module

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Feb 23 20:23:43 CET 2006

On Thu, 23 Feb 2006, Jeffrey Horner wrote:

> Hello all,
> I'd like to utilize the R_Sock* functions from R_ext/R-ftp-http.h in my
> R package. The intent is to use these in conjunction with R_serialize()
>  to store R objects in a remote data store. I'm aware that version
> 2.2.1 of "Writing R extensions" explains that these may be undocumented
> and unstable, but I have a couple of questions:
> 1) are they platform independent? I presume they are...

Only in sense that they have a common interface.

> 2) What's the appropriate way to link against them? On Linux x86, I can
> do this with the Makevars:

You can, but that is a module and not a library and so it does not work on 
MacOS X and may well not work on Windows (you would be lucky prior to R 

I wonder why you need a C interface at all.  There is serialize() and 
socket connections are available at R level.  Below that, Rsockopen etc 
are exported from R itself and underly make.socket etc.

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