[R] I don't understand this
luke at stat.uiowa.edu
Tue Sep 2 10:58:39 CEST 2003
On Tue, 2 Sep 2003, Richard A. O'Keefe wrote:
> For reasons which I'll spare you, I'm writing a program to analyse
> R source code. This has led me to probe some of the darker corners
> of R syntax to find out what is supposed to happen.
> Now, from reading the R documentation (and the New S book &c) I know
> perfectly well that
> f(a, b, etc) <- x
> is supposed to turn into
> a <- "f<-"(a, b, etc, value=x)
> Except, what if f is not an identifier or string?
> What, for example, should _this_ do?
> > x <- NULL
> > (if (TRUE) names else dim)(x) <- 27
> I was expecting _either_ that I would be told that you can't
> set names(NULL) to 27, _or_ that I would be told the whole thing
> wasn't allowed.
> In fact, it was allowed.
> > x
>  27
> This result has me completely baffled.
> Is this behaviour intentional?
No. Using anything other than a symbol or string for the function in
a complex assignment is an error. The internals assumed the function
would be a symbol (the parser deals with the string case) but did not
check for this; should be fixed shortly in R-devel.
Thanks for pointing this out.
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