Re: [Rd] Feature request: txtProgressBar with ability to write to arbitrary stream

From: Greg Snow <Greg.Snow_at_imail.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:18:42 -0600

You could use winProgressBar (windows only) or TkProgressBar (tcltk package required) instead, then nothing is output to the console/standard out but you still have a visual of your progress.

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Statistical Data Center
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-devel-bounces@r-project.org [mailto:r-devel-bounces@r-
> project.org] On Behalf Of Andreas Borg
> Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 4:37 AM
> To: R-devel_at_r-project.org
> Subject: [Rd] Feature request: txtProgressBar with ability to write to
> arbitrary stream
>
> Hi all,
>
> I use txtProgressBar to monitor progress of large computations. What I
> miss is the ability to redirect the progress bar to a stream other than
> stdout, specifically to the message stream. This would be useful for
> running Sweave scripts: When redirected to stderr, the bar could be
> visible even though console output is diverted to the output file (and
> there would be no cluttering of the generated latex).
>
> I'd suggest the following changes to txtProgressBar:
> - a new argument 'file' (compare to 'cat') which defaults to stderr()
> (there might be reasons to use stdout(), but I believe a progress bar
> is
> mostly intended as a diagnostic tool and not for console output, which
> is printed or saved in some cases).
> - the calls to 'cat' that update the progress bar get 'file = file' as
> additional argument so that output is redirected as desired.
>
> In case anyone from the core team is willing to incorparate this idea,
> I
> attached the patch file for the necessary changes below.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Andreas
>
> 3c3
> < width = NA, title, label, style = 1)
> ---
> > width = NA, title, label, style = 1, file=stderr())
> 23c23
> < cat(paste(rep.int(char, nb-.nb), collapse=""))
> ---
> > cat(paste(rep.int(char, nb-.nb), collapse=""), file =
> file)
> 27c27
> < "\r", paste(rep.int(char, nb), collapse=""), sep =
> "")
> ---
> > "\r", paste(rep.int(char, nb), collapse=""), sep =
> "", file = file)
> 38c38
> < cat("\r", paste(rep.int(char, nb), collapse=""), sep =
> "")
> ---
> > cat("\r", paste(rep.int(char, nb), collapse=""), sep =
> "", file = file)
> 42c42
> < "\r", paste(rep.int(char, nb), collapse=""), sep =
> "")
> ---
> > "\r", paste(rep.int(char, nb), collapse=""), sep =
> "", file = file)
> 54c54
> < cat(paste(c("\r |", rep.int(" ", nw*width+6)), collapse=""))
> ---
> > cat(paste(c("\r |", rep.int(" ", nw*width+6)),
> collapse=""),
> file = file)
> 59c59
> < ), collapse=""))
> ---
> > ), collapse=""), file = file)
> 68c68
> < cat("\n")
> ---
> > cat("\n", file = file)
>
> --
> Andreas Borg
> Medizinische Informatik
>
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