R-alpha: Two buglets and a difference

Martin Maechler Martin Maechler <maechler@stat.math.ethz.ch>
Wed, 3 Dec 1997 13:51:03 +0100

>>>>> "Colin" == Colin Farrow <colin@geology.gla.ac.uk> writes:

    Colin> I have come across three problems in the past few days, in spell
    Colin> of heavy R ( version R0.50-a4/Sun Solaris2.5.1 ) use.

thank you for reporting these.

    Colin> 1.  I was using lwd=2 to get thicker lines on plots for
    Colin> printing, but although the 'lwd' parameter works fine with
    Colin> x11(), the thickened lines do not print with print.plot, or by
    Colin> using postscript() directly.

Unfortunately, this is still true for the current source code version

    Colin> 2.  Try the following,

    Colin> 	plot(1:10, -(1:10)) mtext("distance", side=3, line=1)

    Colin> where does the text disappear to, nothing appears on the plot.
    Colin> The problem relates to the -y in the plot() call, as it works
    Colin> with plot(1:10, 1:10). This occurs in a function to plot a
    Colin> variable with depth (-y), with depth increasing down the y axis.

this is a known bug which is fixed in the upcoming release

    Colin> 3.  Less of a bug, more of a difference between implementations

    Colin> foo <- function(x) { paste(substitute(x) ) }

    Colin> In S
    Colin>  foo(lamp)
    Colin>  "lamp"
    Colin>  foo(lamp$v)
    Colin>  "lamp$v"

This is not true for my version of S-plus :

> version
Version 3.4 Release 1 for Sun SPARC, SunOS 5.3 : 1996 
> tst3 <- function(x) paste(substitute(x))
> tst3(lamp)
[1] "lamp"
> tst3(lamp$v)
[1] "$"     "lamp"  "\"v\""

    Colin> In R
    Colin>  foo(lamp)
    Colin>  "lamp"
    Colin>  foo(lamp$v)
    Colin>  "$" "lamp" "v"

    Colin> which broke a number of functions I was porting to R

    Colin> The fix which works in both is paste(deparse(substitute(x)))
    Colin> which is an awful mouthful to get the name of the argument

You can omit the paste(.)  and use


in both cases  which is  THE  recommended way in both R and S, anyway.

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