Re: [Rd] fifo on Windows

From: Gabor Grothendieck <>
Date: Mon 01 Aug 2005 - 19:19:51 GMT

fifo already works on UNIX, I assume, so it seems its already the situation that fifos are supported on some machines running R but not on others. If they were supported on those Windows platforms that can handle them then that would simply increase the proportion of machines running R that can handle them (thinking in terms of across all machines running R rather than thinking in terms of across all machines running R and Windows). Note that one does have the capabilities command in any case so the code could query that at the beginning and give an error if its FALSE so no change to the code would be required in the future since it would never run in that situation anyways.

On 8/1/05, Duncan Murdoch <> wrote:
> Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> > Are there any plans to support fifo on Windows? On my XP
> > system ("R version 2.1.1, 2005-06-23")
> >
> > R> capabilities("fifo")
> >
> > gives FALSE.
> >
> > Note that Windows does support named pipes as shown
> > in the utility:
> >
> >
> I think named pipes are only supported on the NT descendants. We will
> need to drop support for Win9x soon, but I think we still have a number
> of users using Win98 and maybe WinME.
> I guess we could add support for features that only work on some Windows
> platforms, but I'd rather not do that until we're not officially saying
> that R runs on Win9x.
> Duncan Murdoch
> mailing list Received on Tue Aug 02 05:24:50 2005

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