Re: [Rd] names<- appears to copy 3 times?

From: Thomas Lumley <tlumley_at_uw.edu>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:50:38 +1300

On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 9:11 PM, Matthew Dowle <mdowle_at_mdowle.plus.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> $ R --vanilla
> R version 2.14.1 (2011-12-22)
> Platform: i686-pc-linux-gnu (32-bit)
>> DF = data.frame(a=1:3,b=4:6)
>> DF
>  a b
> 1 1 4
> 2 2 5
> 3 3 6
>> tracemem(DF)
> [1] "<0x8898098>"
>> names(DF)[2]="B"
> tracemem[0x8898098 -> 0x8763e18]:
> tracemem[0x8763e18 -> 0x8766be8]:
> tracemem[0x8766be8 -> 0x8766b68]:
>> DF
>  a B
> 1 1 4
> 2 2 5
> 3 3 6
>>
>
> Are those 3 copies really taking place?
>

tracemem() isn't likely to give false positives. Since you're on Linux, you could check by running under gdb and setting a breakpoint on memtrace_report, which is the function that prints the message. That would show where the duplicates are happening.

-- 
Thomas Lumley
Professor of Biostatistics
University of Auckland

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