[Rd] [Fwd: Byte size in human readable format]

From: Gregor Gorjanc <gregor.gorjanc_at_bfro.uni-lj.si>
Date: Wed 13 Sep 2006 - 10:22:20 GMT


I have looked once more into this issue and used options() approach with (yet another :() option - humanReadable. This is the behaviour in R-devel.

> object.size(1000)

[1] 32
> c(object.size(1000), object.size(1:1000), object.size(1:1000000))
[1] 32 4024 4000024
> options(humanReadable=TRUE)
> object.size(1000)

[1] 32 B
> c(object.size(1000), object.size(1:1000), object.size(1:1000000))
[1] 32 B 4 kB 4 MB

I am not very satisfied with the class approach I have taken as a lot of functions in R drop class attribute, say

> sort(c(object.size(1:1000), object.size(1000)) )
[1] 32 4024

Is it possible to bypass this without writing special methods for "byte" class. I would appreciate any comments, suggestion. Thanks!

Patches are available at:


Dear R-core,

My friend and I have written a function to convert byte size into human readable format as can be done with -h argument in say ls, df or du shell commands. I have also tried to wrap it with print method with object.size. Is there any intereset to include such a function into say utils package? Any additional comments, suggestions are more than welcome.

Function and its man page can be found at

http://www.bfro.uni-lj.si/MR/ggorjan/tmp/object.size.R http://www.bfro.uni-lj.si/MR/ggorjan/tmp/humanReadable.Rd

Lep pozdrav / With regards,
    Gregor Gorjanc

University of Ljubljana     PhD student
Biotechnical Faculty
Zootechnical Department     URI: http://www.bfro.uni-lj.si/MR/ggorjan
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