[R] diff-ing .rds files

Bert Gunter bgunter.4567 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 19:03:40 CET 2015

?dput  or ?dump perhaps.  (and dget() and source() )

I realize that these may not do what you want, but exactly what you
want is a bit unclear (to me, anyway) depending on exactly what your
saved results are.

Bert Gunter

"Data is not information. Information is not knowledge. And knowledge
is certainly not wisdom."
   -- Clifford Stoll

On Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 9:36 AM, Will Hopper <wjhopper510 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm posting to see if anyone knows of any existing resources that
> auto-magically converts r objects in saved in .rds files to a plain text
> representation, suitable for diffing?
> I often save the results of long running calculation as .rds files, and
> since I use git for source control, it would be nice if there were a way to
> convert rds files to a plain text representation for diffing, so I could
> avoid having large commits full of binary data. Git allows you specify a
> programs for binary --> text conversion for any file type, effectively
> teaching git how to diff binary files. If there was something out there
> developed to do this with .rds files, it would really like to know about it!
> I realize I could save the rds file with ascii=TRUE and compress=FALSE, but
> that kind of defeats the point of saving as .rds in the first place.
> If there is no tool out that there anyone knows of, I don't think it would
> be too hard for me to write something with bash + Rscript to get the job
> done, but I'd like to avoid re-inventing the wheel if possible.
> Thanks for the help!
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