taskCallbackManager: Create an R-level Task Callback Manager

taskCallbackManagerR Documentation

Create an R-level Task Callback Manager


This provides an entirely R-language mechanism for managing callbacks or actions that are invoked at the conclusion of each top-level task. Essentially, we register a single R function from this manager with the underlying, native task-callback mechanism and this function handles invoking the other R callbacks under the control of the manager. The manager consists of a collection of functions that access shared variables to manage the list of user-level callbacks.


taskCallbackManager(handlers = list(), registered = FALSE,
                    verbose = FALSE)



this can be a list of callbacks in which each element is a list with an element named "f" which is a callback function, and an optional element named "data" which is the 5-th argument to be supplied to the callback when it is invoked. Typically this argument is not specified, and one uses add to register callbacks after the manager is created.


a logical value indicating whether the evaluate function has already been registered with the internal task callback mechanism. This is usually FALSE and the first time a callback is added via the add function, the evaluate function is automatically registered. One can control when the function is registered by specifying TRUE for this argument and calling addTaskCallback manually.


a logical value, which if TRUE, causes information to be printed to the console about certain activities this dispatch manager performs. This is useful for debugging callbacks and the handler itself.


A list containing 6 functions:


register a callback with this manager, giving the function, an optional 5-th argument, an optional name by which the callback is stored in the list, and a register argument which controls whether the evaluate function is registered with the internal C-level dispatch mechanism if necessary.


remove an element from the manager's collection of callbacks, either by name or position/index.


the ‘real’ callback function that is registered with the C-level dispatch mechanism and which invokes each of the R-level callbacks within this manager's control.


a function to set the suspend state of the manager. If it is suspended, none of the callbacks will be invoked when a task is completed. One sets the state by specifying a logical value for the status argument.


a function to register the evaluate function with the internal C-level dispatch mechanism. This is done automatically by the add function, but can be called manually.


returns the list of callbacks being maintained by this manager.


Duncan Temple Lang (2001) Top-level Task Callbacks in R, https://developer.r-project.org/TaskHandlers.pdf

See Also

addTaskCallback, removeTaskCallback, getTaskCallbackNames and the reference.


# create the manager
h <- taskCallbackManager()

# add a callback
h$add(function(expr, value, ok, visible) {
                       cat("In handler\n")
                     }, name = "simpleHandler")

# look at the internal callbacks.

# look at the R-level callbacks