Re: [Rd] string comparison

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 07 Aug 2008 16:20:13 +0100 (BST)

It is not safe to rely on pointer comparisons until R 2.8.0. Currently it is easy to get CHARSXPs that are not in the cache: it is not impossible in 2.8.0, but you have to know how to 'break and enter'.

In your code you are comparing a CHARSXP and a SYMSXP. You want to use charChance = mkChar("chance") and then make it precious (R_PreciousObject).

On Thu, 7 Aug 2008, Kjell Konis wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I have a package where I do things like this a lot:
>
> if(strncmp(CHAR(asChar(Scategory)), "chance", 6) == 0)
> category = h_category_chance;
> else if(strncmp(CHAR(asChar(Scategory)), "utility", 7) == 0)
> category = h_category_utility;
> else if(strncmp(CHAR(asChar(Scategory)), "decision", 8) == 0)
> category = h_category_decision;
> else if(strncmp(CHAR(asChar(Scategory)), "instance", 8) == 0)
> category = h_category_instance;
> else
> category = h_category_error;
>
> I would like to replace the strncmps with pointer comparisons so I set up
> some global variables in the R_init_myDLL function like this:
>
> charChance = install("chance")
> <etc.>
>
> but I can't seem to get the comparison to work. I want to do something like
>
> if(CHAR(asChar(Scategory)) == charChance)
> category = h_category_chance;
>
> but category always ends up being h_category_error. Any pointers would be
> appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
> Kjell
>
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