RE: [R] How to define a destructor of an object?

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From: Shin, Daehyok (sdhyok@catchlab.org)
Date: Wed 19 May 2004 - 03:31:56 EST


Message-id: <OAEOKPIGCLDDHAEMCAKICEAICNAA.sdhyok@catchlab.org>

Thanks, Thomas. This is exactly what I want.
I am wondering why there is no explicit mention about this function,
such as, in the help document of gc().

Daehyok Shin (Peter)

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:r-help-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch]On Behalf Of Thomas Lumley
> Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 AM 10:29
> To: Shin, Daehyok
> Cc: R, Help
> Subject: Re: [R] How to define a destructor of an object?
>
>
> On Tue, 18 May 2004, Shin, Daehyok wrote:
>
> > Is there any way to define a destructor method of an object,
> > which is called automatically when garbage collector reclaims it?
> >
>
> yes, there is support for finalizers at both the C and R levels. For the R
> level see ?reg.finalizer. I thought there was documentation for the C
> stuff on developer.r-project.org, but I can't see it now.
>
> -thomas
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