Re: [Rd] Stop packages and datasets to be loaded on startup.

From: Simon Urbanek <simon.urbanek_at_r-project.org>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 12:02:04 -0500

On Jan 30, 2010, at 11:08 AM, Guillaume Yziquel wrote:

> Hi.
>
> I would like to know how to start an embedded R session, and avoid datasets and the standard library packages to be loaded on startup.
>
> I've been looking at littler's code (so this is partly a question to Dirk Eddelbuettel...):
>

>>        /* We don't require() default packages upon startup; rather, we
>>         * set up delayedAssign's instead. see autoloads().
>>         */
>>        if (setenv("R_DEFAULT_PACKAGES","NULL",1) != 0){
>>                perror("ERROR: couldn't set/replace R_DEFAULT_PACKAGES");
>>                exit(1);
>>        }

>
> The code above happens before Rf_initEmbeddedR in littler.
>
> So I gather that just setting R_DEFAULT_PACKAGES to NULL should be OK. But then, what is the rather complicated stuff in the autoload() function in littler.c for?
>
> And concerning datasets, how do you avoid loading them?

>

Setting R_DEFAULT_PACKAGES to NULL makes sure that default packages are not loaded. Note that "datasets" are not loaded at all -- you can load the datasets package which will make them available, but they are not really "loaded". The minimal setup is simply

R_DEFAULT_PACKAGES=NULL R --vanilla

However, it's your responsibility to load any packages that your code needs in that case.

Cheers,
Simon



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