Re: [Rd] Controlling stdin and stdout in an embedded R instance

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 09:34:57 -0500

On 16 June 2011 at 18:47, Mike Sonsini wrote:
| Hello,
| I am very new to R but my question is with respect to the C API for
| working with an embedded R console. I have been able to start and stop
| an embedded R console from within a C program as well as use the API to
| execute commands in it. I am seeking a mechanism to individually send
| native R commands to an embedded console and then consume the output of
| these commands. Specifically, I cannot send a set of commands to the
| embedded console and then consume all of the output after the execution
| completes. I have unsuccessfully attempted to assign values to the
| ptr_R_ReadConsole and ptr_R_WriteConsole function pointers defined in
| Rinterface.h but do not know if this is a valid approach. I am working
| in Ubuntu 10.04 and thus the Windows example at the following address is
| not applicable.
| Does anyone on this list have experience or an example of communicating
| with an embedded R console using native R commands and consuming the
| output one command at a time in a "Unix-alike" environment?

Let me see if I understood this correctly:

and for the latter you want to use stdin and stdout? Why not use R commands and consuming R output?

Examples are e.g.

Hope this helps, Dirk

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