Re: [Rd] String to list and visa versa

From: Peter Dalgaard <>
Date: Tue 14 Nov 2006 - 17:32:24 GMT

"Tom McCallum" <> writes:

> Hi,
> I need to collapse a list into a string and then reparse it back into the
> list. Normally when I need to do this I simply use write.csv and
> read.csv, but I need to do this in memory within R rather than writing out
> to file.

> Are there any bespoke commands that any knows of that does
> something like this or any tips for doing this that anyone can
> suggest?

Er, perhaps you should send that sentence off to Iain McC.[*], so that we can find out what killed it. ;-)

> I
> basically don't care upon the string representation, only that I can
> manipulate the list as a string and then reparse it back to a valid list
> object.

You might want to investigate deparse() and parse().


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