Re: [Rd] environmentName

From: Gabor Grothendieck <>
Date: Sun 07 Jan 2007 - 15:01:49 GMT

One other comment. If I place an attribute on the environment as you suggest that changes all uses of the environment. I cannot keep the original environment intact and have a subobject which represents the original environment plus the attribute. This is just one example of why the feature discussed in my wishlist is needed (i.e. the ability to have the attributes attached to variables rather than to the environment itself). The only way to handle this currently is with the list(env = ...) construct and attach the name to that but that is a lot of overhead since its means that the subobject is not an environment so all environment methods need to be replicated rather than inherited/delegated from the superobject which really ought to be properly supported.

On 1/7/07, Duncan Murdoch <> wrote:
> On 1/7/2007 5:01 AM, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> > I noticed the new environmentName in R 2.5.0dev. Thus I gather that
> > each environment has:
> >
> > (1) a name
> > (2) a hex value
> >
> > so
> >
> > 1. environmentName gets the name. Is there any way to set the name?
> The NEWS entry says:
> o New function environmentName() to give the print name of
> environments such as "namespace:base".
> This is now used by str().
> Take a look at the implementation in src/main/builtin.c. The name isn't
> part of the environment, this is just derived from how the environment
> is being used.
> If you want to attach a label to an environment, use an attribute. You
> can put an S3 class on an environment if you want it to print your label
> by default rather than use the standard print mechanism.
> > 2. is there any way to get the hex value for an environment other than doing:
> > e <- new.env()
> > capture.output(e)
> Not in R code, but there's no use for it in R code, either. If you want
> to test for whether two variables refer to the same environment, then
> attach a unique label to the environments when you create them and check
> the labels.
> Duncan Murdoch
> mailing list Received on Mon Jan 08 02:06:37 2007

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