Re: [R] source a specific function

From: Ted Harding <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 17:11:20 +0100 (BST)

On 18-Jun-07 14:28:35, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
> This loads all the functions into an anonymous environment defined
> by local and then exports f to the global environment.
> f <- local({
> source("/a.R", local = TRUE)
> environment(f) <- .GlobalEnv
> f
> })

That looks neat! Two questions:

  1. Would something similar work for extracting selected functions from a library (assuming that you know about interdependencies)?

   E.g. something like

  f <- local({

       environment(f) <- .GlobalEnv


2. Having done what you describe to extract just f from a source

   file, can one then "delete" the local environment used to load    the source? I think what I'm basically asking is whether the    exporting is done "by value" (local environment deletion OK)    or "by reference" (deletion would destroy the exported object).

Apologies, but for instance "?local" is a bit too deep for me!

The underlying agenda behind these queries is the saving of memory space.

With theanks,

E-Mail: (Ted Harding) <> Fax-to-email: +44 (0)870 094 0861
Date: 18-Jun-07                                       Time: 17:11:15
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