[Rd] getAnywhere and functions starting with "." (PR#7684)

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Feb 12 08:51:04 CET 2005

Were you unaware that the NEWS file is browsable at



On Sat, 12 Feb 2005 Mark.Bravington at csiro.au wrote:

>>> [MVB] 'getAnywhere' crashes when its argument starts with a period:
>> [UL] Has already been fixed, as you can easily see, e.g., from
> R-devels NEWS file, section BUG FIXES:
> Good, thanks.
> It seems quite common for bugs to be reported after they have been fixed
> in R-devel. This is likely to occur when-- as in the 'getAnywhere'
> case-- there's no record of the bug in Bug Tracking (I do check before
> submitting).

It is common for bugs to be reported after they have been discussed on 
the R-devel list and fixed, as here.

> Checking R-devel news can be cumbersome-- I couldn't reach the ftp site
> yesterday, for example, and it's not always feasible to download 12MB--
> and many users won't be set up to handle it.
> To avoid wasting R-core's time over repeat posts, is there some mileage
> in R-core adding "fixed in Rdevel" bug reports into the Bug Tracking
> system, even if there is no prior bug report?

To avoid wasting R-core's time, do consult the latest version or at least 
its NEWS file.

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