local_db: Connect to a local stand-alone database

Description Usage Arguments Details Value Examples

Description

This function will provide a connection to the best available database. This function is a drop-in replacement for [DBI::dbConnect] with behaviour that makes it more subtle for R packages that need a database backend with minimal complexity, as described in details.

Usage

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local_db(
  dbdir = arkdb_dir(),
  driver = Sys.getenv("ARKDB_DRIVER", "duckdb"),
  readonly = FALSE,
  cache_connection = TRUE,
  memory_limit = getOption("duckdb_memory_limit", NA),
  ...
)

Arguments

dbdir

Path to the database.

driver

Default driver, one of "duckdb", "MonetDBLite", "RSQLite". It will select the first one of those it finds available if a driver is not set. This fallback can be overwritten either by explicit argument or by setting the environmental variable ARKDB_DRIVER.

readonly

Should the database be opened read-only? (duckdb only). This allows multiple concurrent connections (e.g. from different R sessions)

cache_connection

should we preserve a cache of the connection? allows faster load times and prevents connection from being garbage-collected. However, keeping open a read-write connection to duckdb or MonetDBLite will block access of other R sessions to the database.

memory_limit

Set a memory limit for duckdb, in GB. This can also be set for the session by using options, e.g. options(duckdb_memory_limit=10) for a limit of 10GB. On most systems duckdb will automatically set a limit to 80% of machine capacity if not set explicitly.

...

additional arguments (not used at this time)

Details

This function provides several abstractions to [DBI::dbConnect] to provide a seamless backend for use inside other R packages.

First, this provides a generic method that allows the use of a [RSQLite::SQLite]`` connection if nothing else is available, while being able to automatically select a much faster, more powerful backend from duckdb::duckdb' if available. An argument or environmental variable can be used to override this to manually set a database endpoint for testing purposes.

Second, this function will cache the database connection in an R environment and load that cache. That means you can call local_db() as fast/frequently as you like without causing errors that would occur by rapid calls to [DBI::dbConnect]

Third, this function defaults to persistent storage location set by [tools::R_user_dir] and configurable by setting the environmental variable ARKDB_HOME. This allows a package to provide persistent storage out-of-the-box, and easily switch that storage to a temporary directory (e.g. for testing purposes, or custom user configuration) without having to edit database calls directly.

Value

Returns a [DBIconnection] connection to the default database

Examples

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## OPTIONAL: you can first set an alternative home location,
## such as a temporary directory:
Sys.setenv(ARKDB_HOME=tempdir())

## Connect to the database:
db <- local_db()

arkdb documentation built on April 5, 2021, 5:07 p.m.