[Rd] Can a function know what other function called it?

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Tue May 26 17:50:29 CEST 2009

On 5/24/2009 10:23 AM, Romain Francois wrote:
> Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>> On 23/05/2009 4:55 PM, Robert Gentleman wrote:
>>> Kynn Jones wrote:
> [snip]
>>>   and you have a breakpoint in bar, you could not (easily) 
>>> distinguish which of
>>> the two calls to bar was active. There is no line counter or anything 
>>> of that
>>> sort available.
>> The evaluator doesn't pay any attention to srcref records, so this is 
>> still true, but it would be possible to keep the srcref on the stack 
>> as well as all the other info there.
> Please

Here's a patch file that does this.  (Will it make it through to the 
mailing list?  We'll see.)  It's still in progress, so I'm not even 
ready to put it into R-devel, but you're welcome to try it out.

The basic idea is that it attaches srcref attributes to the values 
returned from sys.calls (which won't be displayed, but if you want to 
play with them you can) and to .Traceback (which traceback() will 
display).  debug() will also show them.

Not sure what bad side effects (e.g. on execution time) this has.

Duncan Murdoch

>> I've written code (and I think I sent it to you last year) that can do 
>> things like replacing the statement coming from a particular line of a 
>> file with whatever code you like; this could be used in writing a nice 
>> source-level debugger.
> yes
>> Duncan Murdoch
>>>  best wishes
>>>    Robert

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