[R] error message documentation: "Error: no function to return from, jumping to top level"

bartjoosen bartjoosen at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 2 11:37:49 CEST 2008

I think you wrote a function, but pass only snippets of code from your script
to your R-console.
The part which return the error is the following:

return can only be used to return from a function and not as a command in
the R-console.


TU wrote:
> Dear R Users,
> Are error messages in R documented somewhere ? I am getting the following 
> error message and would like to track down what it means and which 
> specific routine triggers it:
> Error: no function to return from, jumping to top level
> Once I figure out which snippet of code triggers it, I can submit to the 
> list a working example in case I cannot get to the bottom of the problem 
> myself.
> Thanks in advance,
> Tolga
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