[Rd] locale2charset CPU overhead (PR#12633)

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Thu Aug 28 21:25:12 CEST 2008

Full_Name: R User
Version: 2.7.2 (default binary)
OS: Windows XP SP2
Submission from: (NULL) (


I have conducted following experiment running simple R script:

for (i in 1:10000) {
   for (j in 1:1000)

profiled R.dll using Intel Vtune and obtained following results!!!

Func. Name              Clocticks
locale2charset	        46,58%	
R_RunWeakRefFinalizer	20,85%	
Rf_eval		        8,77%	

Rf_eval takes only about 9% of CPU time, a huge overhead on checking 
locale character set!!! It seems that is the problem with family of 
functions: c(), rbind(), cbind()

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