[Rd] edit() doubles backslashes when keep.source=TRUE

William Dunlap wdun|@p @end|ng |rom t|bco@com
Fri May 15 03:50:37 CEST 2020

Is it just my installation or does edit() (or fix(), etc.) in R-4.0.0
double all the backslashes when options(keep.source=TRUE)?  E.g.,

> options(keep.source=TRUE)
> f <- function(x) { cat("\t", x, "\n", sep="") }
> edit(f) # exit the editor without making any changes
The editor (vi or notepad) shows doubled backslashes
    function(x) { cat("\\t", x, "\\n", sep="") }
as does the return value of edit().

If I set options(keep.source=FALSE) before defining 'f' or remove t's
'srcref' attribute then the backslashes are left alone.

Bill Dunlap
TIBCO Software
wdunlap tibco.com

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