[ESS] Avoiding printing large R objects

A.J. Rossini blindglobe at gmail.com
Mon Nov 22 07:39:46 CET 2004

I know exactly what you mean.  About once a month I dump small 10k
matrices into the buffer.

What I've thought about doing is having a flag (on by default) that
would truncate output after 1k characters.  (i.e. approx 10 lines).

But you'd have to specifically turn it off to get large output.

Possibly via a keyboard shortcut toggle or a toolbar/menu item.

Not sure about timelines for doing it, though.


On Sun, 21 Nov 2004 20:45:45 -0600 (CST), Dan Davison
<davison at uchicago.edu> wrote:
> The way I most frequently cause an undesired termination of my emacs/ESS/R
> session is by accidentally printing a very big object. ESS seems to get
> quite unhappy, presumably trying to keep up with the colour highlighting
> etc. I usually kill the processes (R and xemacs) manually. I suppose I
> could alter R code for print method functions so that they refuse to print
> oversized things (though I'm not sure how I'd measure size), or have
> .Rprofile always keep an appropriate personal version of print() in my
> global environment (or get better at remembering to use invisible() and
> str()), but is there a standard ESS solution to this, or could someone
> propose a better one?
> Thanks,
> Dan
> ESS 5.2.3 in xemacs in debian (testing) linux 2.6.6
> in R:
> > version
>         _
> platform i386-pc-linux-gnu
> arch     i386
> os       linux-gnu
> system   i386, linux-gnu
> status
> major    2
> minor    0.0
> year     2004
> month    10
> day      04
> language R
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A.J. Rossini
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