Run an R process that mimics the current R process

Differences to r():

  • No extra repositories are set up.

  • The --no-save, --no-restore command line arguments are not used. (But --slave still is.)

  • The system profile and the user profile are loaded.

  • No extra environment variables are set up.

r_copycat(func, args = list(), libpath = .libPaths(),
  repos = getOption("repos"), cmdargs = "--slave",
  system_profile = TRUE, user_profile = TRUE, env = character(), ...)

Function object to call in the new R process. The function should be self-contained and only refer to other functions and use variables explicitly from other packages using the :: notation. The environment of the function is set to .GlobalEnv before passing it to the child process. Because of this, it is good practice to create an anonymous function and pass that to callr, instead of passing a function object from a (base or other) package. In particular


does not work, because .libPaths is defined in a special environment, but

r(function() .libPaths())

works just fine.


Arguments to pass to the function. Must be a list.


The library path.


The repos option. If NULL, then no repos option is set. This options is only used if user_profile or system_profile is set FALSE, as it is set using the system or the user profile.


Command line arguments to pass to the R process. Note that c("-f", rscript) is appended to this, rscript is the name of the script file to run. This contains a call to the supplied function and some error handling code.


Whether to use the system profile file.


Whether to use the user's profile file.


Environment variables to set for the child process.


Additional arguments are passed to r().

See Also

Other callr functions: r_vanilla, r

  • r_copycat
Documentation reproduced from package callr, version 3.2.0, License: MIT + file LICENSE

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