[Rd] Changes to parser in R-devel

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 20:31:23 CEST 2012

I have just committed (in r59883) some changes to the R parser based on 
Romain Francois' parser package.  Packages that made use of parser will 
hopefully find that the information in base R gives them what they need 
to work with, but the data is not identical to
what parser recorded (since it was not consistent with some things 
already in R).  One reason for the change was that the parser in the 
parser package was slightly different than the one in R; the hope is 
that by providing the services in R, it will make maintenance easier for 
things like code analysis, pretty printing, etc.

See ?getParseData for details, and if you are maintaining a package that 
depends on parser, feel free to ask me for help in the transition, or 
make suggestions for changes if I've done something that causes you too 
much trouble.

Duncan Murdoch

P.S. to Qiang Li:  as mentioned privately, the goal for this change was 
to reproduce output equivalent to what parser did, so I have not 
incorporated your suggested change to outlaw expressions like "x[[1] ]"  
(with an embedded space where it shouldn't be).  After things settle 
down we can consider that change and others.

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