[R] names of objects in .rda
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri May 11 19:31:04 CEST 2007
On Fri, 11 May 2007, Benilton Carvalho wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> sorry if this was discussed before (and in this situation, could you
> please point me to the discussion in the archive? My search didn't
> seem to be effective).
> Is there a way of getting the names of objects in a .rda file without
> having to load it?
Well, of course there is a way (R has ways to read datafiles from other
packages, and similarly one could write a .rda reader from the description
in 'R Internals').
First, .rda files exist in several different formats, so you would have to
open it to get the format or assume the most recent format.
Second, the internal structure is as a pairlist (a pairlist is constructed
and that single object saved), and you are asking for the tags of the
pairlist. Those are distributed throughout the file, so you would need to
know a great deal about the structure to read the file without making use
of R's internals.
I wonder what motivates the question: loading into a new enviroment is
pretty painless and returns a character vector of object names. It is
possible that the file would be too big to do so, but then knowing what is
in it is not going to help as there is no way to extract just part of it
(and R objects are not in any case self-contained and may share
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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