PersistContainer: Wrapper to cache key-value pairs and persist across sessions

Description Public Methods See Also Examples

Description

This class is designed to persist arbitrary R objects locally and share across different sessions. The container consists two-level caches. The first one is session-based, meaning it's only valid under current R session and will be cleared once the session is shut down. The second is the persist-level map, which will persist to hard drive and shared across sessions. See cache method in 'details'.

Public Methods

initialize(..., backend = rds_map)

The constructor. backend must inherit AbstractMap, ... will be passed to backend$new(...). To check available back-ends and their use cases, see map.

reset(all = FALSE)

Reset container. If all is set to be true, then reset session-based and hard-drive-based, otherwise only reset session-based container.

destroy(all = FALSE)

destroy the container. Only use it when you want to finalize the container in reg.finalizer.

has(key, signature = NULL)

returns a list of true/false (logical) vectors indicating whether keys exist in the container, if signature is used when caching the key-value pairs, then it also checks whether signature matches. This is very important as even if the keys match but signature is wrong, the results will be false.

remove(keys, all = TRUE)

Remove keys in the container. Default is to remove the keys in both levels. If all=FALSE, then only remove the key in current session

cache(key, value, signature = NULL, replace = FALSE, persist = FALSE)

key and signature together form the unique identifier for the value. By default signature is none, but it's very useful when value if large, or key is not a string. replace indicates whether to force replace the key-value pairs even if the entry exists. If persist is true, then the value is stored in hard-disks, otherwise the value will be deleted once the session is closed.

See Also

map

Examples

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container = PersistContainer$new(tempfile())

# Reset the container so that values are cleared
container$reset(all = TRUE)

# Store `1` to 'a' with signature 111 to a non-persist map
# returns 1
container$cache(key = 'a', value = 1, signature = 111, persist = FALSE)

# Replace 'a' with 3
# returns 3
container$cache(key = 'a', value = 3, signature = 111,
                persist = TRUE, replace = TRUE)

# check if 'a' exists with signature 111
container$has('a', signature = 111)    # TRUE
# When you only have 'a' but no signature
container$has('a')                     # TRUE
# check if 'a' exists with wrong signature 222
container$has('a', signature = 222)    # FALSE


# Store 'a' with 2 with same signature
# will fail and ignore the value (value will not be evaluated if signatured)
# Return 2 (Important! use cached values)
container$cache(key = 'a', value = {
  print(123)
  return(2)
}, signature = 111, replace = FALSE)

# When no signature is present
# If the key exists (no signature provided), return stored value
# returns 3
container$cache(key = 'a', value = 4)

# replace is TRUE (no signature provided), signature will be some default value
container$cache(key = 'a', value = 2, replace = TRUE)

# destroy the container to free disk space
container$destroy()

dipsaus documentation built on Sept. 6, 2021, 5:08 p.m.