The lib_write function writes the data library to the file system. The library will be written to the directory for which it was defined, and each data frame will be written in the format associated with the library data engine. See the libname function for further elaboration on the types of engines available, and the assumptions/limitations of each.

By default, the lib_write function will not write data that has not changed. Prior to writing a file, lib_write will compare the data in memory to the data on disk. If there are differences in the data, the function will overwrite the version on disk. To override the default behavior, use the force option to force lib_write to write every data file to disk.

lib_write(x, force = FALSE)

Arguments

x

The data library to write.

force

Force writing each data file to disk, even if it has not changed.

Value

The saved data library.

See also

Examples

# Create temp directory
tmp <- tempdir()

# Create library
libname(dat, tmp)
# # library 'dat': 0 items
# - attributes: rds not loaded
# - path: C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpCSJ6Gc
# NULL

# Load the empty library 
lib_load(dat)

# Add data to the library
dat.mtcars <- mtcars
dat.beaver1 <- beaver1
dat.iris <- iris

# Unload the library
lib_unload(dat)
# library 'dat': 3 items
# - attributes: rds not loaded
# - path: C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpCSJ6Gc
# - items:
#      Name Extension Rows Cols   Size LastModified
# 1 beaver1        NA  114    4 4.6 Kb         <NA>
# 2    iris        NA  150    5 7.1 Kb         <NA>
# 3  mtcars        NA   32   11   7 Kb         <NA>

# Write the library to the file system
lib_write(dat)
# library 'dat': 3 items
#- attributes: not loaded
#- path: C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Temp\RtmpCSJ6Gc
#- items:
#     Name Extension Rows Cols   Size        LastModified
#1 beaver1       rds  114    4 4.8 Kb 2020-11-05 20:47:16
#2    iris       rds  150    5 7.3 Kb 2020-11-05 20:47:16
#3  mtcars       rds   32   11 7.3 Kb 2020-11-05 20:47:16

# Clean up
lib_delete(dat)