[Rd] methods and try() [R-devel]

Luke Tierney luke at stat.uiowa.edu
Thu Aug 16 14:47:44 CEST 2007

On Wed, 15 Aug 2007, Byron Ellis wrote:

> Hi all, I'm having a problem with some sort of interaction with try()
> and methods, I think.
> The setup is as follows, I have an S4 class that holds an environment
> and I would like to evaluate the right hand side of a function inside
> that environment. No problem there.
> However, if the formula involves a symbol that doesn't exist, which
> may or may not happen, it fails as it should and reports and error
> "blah blah does not exist." As it should.
> When I wrap that same call in a try() statement, the error becomes "no
> function to return from, jumping to top level," bypassing the try
> statement and generally wreaking havoc. Any clues what might be
> causing this?

Yes.  There is no context on the stack that corresponds to the
environment to which a jump is to be made.  Why that is the case is
impossible to tell without a simple reproducible example.



Luke Tierney
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