[Rd] [External] exists, get and get0 accept silently inputs of length > 1

iuke-tier@ey m@iii@g oii uiow@@edu iuke-tier@ey m@iii@g oii uiow@@edu
Fri Nov 13 15:33:49 CET 2020

Worth looking into. It would probably cause some check failures, so
would probably be a good idea to run a check across BIOC/CRAN.  At the
same time it would be worth allowing name objects (type "symbol") so
thee don't have to be converted to character for the call and then
back to names internally for the environment lookup.



On Fri, 13 Nov 2020, Antoine Fabri wrote:

> Dear R-devel,
> The doc of exists, get and get0 is unambiguous, x should be an object given
> as a character string. However these accept longer inputs. It can lead an
> uncareful user to think these functions are vectorized when they're not,
> and generally lets through bugs that one might have preferred to trigger
> earlier failure.
> ``` r
> exists("d")
> #> [1] FALSE
> exists(c("c", "d"))
> #> [1] TRUE
> get(c("c", "d"))
> #> function (...)  .Primitive("c")
> get0(c("c", "d"))
> #> function (...)  .Primitive("c")
> ```
> I believe these should either fail, or be vectorized, probably the former.
> Thanks,
> Antoine
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