[Rd] Use of Rf_duplicate

Oleg Sklyar osklyar at ebi.ac.uk
Tue May 29 15:52:24 CEST 2007

> PROTECT(y=x); and
This has no sense as y is just the same pointer as x. By doing this you 
did not create any new data, if you modify y, x will be modified. y does 
not need protection as x is probably protected.

> PROTECT (y = duplicate(x));   ?
This will allocate new memory for data in x and copy data over there. 
This is correct, modifying y will not modify x. And y needs protection 
as it is newly allocated.

> PROTECT(y = duplicate(x));
> PROTECT(z = duplicate(VECTOR_ELT(y,2)));
It is not clear what you want to achieve by this. z will not be part of 
y any more

> PROTECT(y=duplicate(x));
The correct way would be

z = VECTOR_ELT(y,2);

as you do not need to protect z, it is done by protecting y

> And if I did create a duplicate, is there a way to destroy it manually
> before the end of the function, rather than rely on on the R garbage
> collector?
Not that I know about.

Dr Oleg Sklyar | EBI-EMBL, Cambridge CB10 1SD, UK | +44-1223-494466

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