[Rd] R Language Manual: possible error

Ross Boylan ross at biostat.ucsf.edu
Fri Feb 16 22:36:57 CET 2007

The R Language manual, section 4.3.4 ("Scope"), has
     f <- function(x) {
         y <- 10
         g <- function(x) x + y
     h <- f()
... When `h(3)' is evaluated we see that its body is that of `g'.
Within that body `x' and `y' are unbound.

Is that last sentence right?  It looks to me as if x is a bound
variable, and the definitions given in the elided material seem to say
so too.  I guess there is hidden, outer, x that is unbound.  Maybe the
example was meant to be 
	g <- function(a) a + y?

The front page of the manual says
 The current version of this document is 2.4.0 (2006-11-25) DRAFT.
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