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

Martin Maechler m@ech|er @end|ng |rom @t@t@m@th@ethz@ch
Fri May 15 15:41:23 CEST 2020

>>>>> Sebastian Meyer 
>>>>>     on Fri, 15 May 2020 10:47:55 +0200 writes:

    > I can confirm this changed behaviour. I just compared R-3.6.3 with
    > yesterday's R-devel. Using R-devel, the tempfile opened by the editor
    > (Emacs for me, but shouldn't matter) contains doubled backslashes.

    > This could be related to

        > https://bugs.r-project.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=17800

Yes, indeed, I'm sure this is the same; an inadvertent bug indeed.

    > Best regards,
    > Sebastian

... and  "just the usual"


    Why does nobody anymore  help R development by working with
    "R-devel", or at least then the alpha, beta and the "RC"
    (Release Candidate) versions that we release daily for about one
    month before the final release?

    Notably a highly staffed enterprise such as Rstudio (viz the bug
    report 17800 above), but also others could really help by
    starting to use the "next version" of R on a routine basis ...


Still: Thank you, of course,
 Bill Dunlap, and Sebastian and Jonathan (PR 17800)


    > Am 15.05.20 um 03:50 schrieb William Dunlap via R-devel:
    >> 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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