Re: [Rd] Possible changes to connections

From: Seth Falcon <>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 13:51:52 -0700

Prof Brian Ripley <> writes:
> When I originally implemented connections in R 1.2.0, I followed the model
> in the 'Green Book' closely. There were a number of features that forced
> a particular implementation, and one was getConnection() that allows one
> to recreate a connection object from a number.
> I am wondering if anyone makes use of this, and if so for what?

I don't see any uses of it in the Bioconductor package sources.

> It would seem closer to the R philosophy to have connection objects that
> get garbage collected when no R object refers to them. This would allow
> for example
> readLines(gzfile("foo.gz"))

I think this would be a nice improvement as it matches what many people already assume happens as well as matches what some other languages do (in particular, Python).

+ seth

Seth Falcon | Computational Biology | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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