RcppGetconf

Rcpp Interface for Querying System Configuration Variables

So what is this?

Modern POSIX systems (such as Linux) have a binary getconf which can access the system calls sysconf, pathconf and confstr. This package brings the values back to R.

Requirements

This package requires access to these system calls, and definitions of its data structures in the system header files. We have used it exclusively on Linux and OS X so far. It should (or could) work on other POSIX-based operating systems, and contributions to make it build more widely would be very welcome.

Quick Examples

The first function corresponds to getconf -a and provides all values which can be retried -- currently 320 on my systems.

R> res <- getAll()
R> head(res)
               key value type
1         LINK_MAX 65000 path
2  _POSIX_LINK_MAX 65000 path
3        MAX_CANON   255 path
4 _POSIX_MAX_CANON   255 path
5        MAX_INPUT   255 path
6 _POSIX_MAX_INPUT   255 path
R> tail(res)
                      key  value type
315    LEVEL4_CACHE_ASSOC      0  sys
316 LEVEL4_CACHE_LINESIZE      0  sys
317                  IPV6 200809  sys
318           RAW_SOCKETS 200809  sys
319           _POSIX_IPV6 200809  sys
320    _POSIX_RAW_SOCKETS 200809  sys
R> 

The second example provides read access to individual settings:

R>  getConfig("_NPROCESSORS_CONF")
[1] 8
R>  getConfig("LEVEL1_ICACHE_SIZE")
[1] 32768
R> getConfig("GNU_LIBC_VERSION")
[1] "glibc 2.23"
R> 

Status

Fairly new, builds and runs reliably. Could do with OS X porting help.

Installation

The package is on CRAN and can be installed from every mirror via

install.packages("RcppGetconf")

Author

Dirk Eddelbuettel

License

GPL (>= 2)

Initially created: Thu Jul 28 22:27:52 CDT 2016
Last modified: Fri Jul 29 06:53:46 CDT 2016