[Rd] Capturing environment associated with a promise

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Mon Oct 8 15:50:50 CEST 2012

On 12-10-08 9:22 AM, Hadley Wickham wrote:
> Hi all,
> It's possible to capture the expression associated with a promise
> (using substitute). Is there any way to capture the environment
> associated with a promise?  Similarly, is there any way to tell if
> something is a promise without accidentally evaluating it?

Neither of those is possible in user-level code.  The special functions 
get to see their arguments unevaluated, but users can't write specials, 
and there is no special to extract an environment from a promise.

I think the reasoning is that it keeps the semantics simpler, but I 
can't remember the cases that make user-level promise handling problematic.

Duncan Murdoch

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