Re: [Rd] Variable/function namespaces WAS: Bug in subsetting data frame (PR#13515)

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 18:34:26 -0500

On 10/02/2009 12:07 PM, Stavros Macrakis wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 10:11 AM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch@stats.uwo.ca> wrote:

>> Stavros Macrakis wrote:
>>> On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 8:31 AM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca>wrote:
>>>> The evaluator recognizes the context of usage and will get the
>>>> function for a function call....
>>> Can you point me to chapter and verse in the language definition...
>> No, I'm also unable to find it.

>
> ! This seems like a pretty fundamental thing to leave undocumented....

In open source nothing is undocumented, but sometimes the documentation is a little hard to read. I think you want to look at the https://svn.r-project.org/R/trunk/src/main/eval.c section of the manual.

More seriously, I agree, but I don't have time to fix the omission. If you work out a logical (from your point of view) place to put this, and write a first draft in texinfo format, I'll put it in.

Duncan Murdoch

>

>> ...I think originally there was no difference, and it caused the obvious trouble when people used variable names like t and c other short function names, so this was added.  I don't remember whether the different lookup rules showed up first in R or S.

>
> There is an interesting discussion of these issues (in a Lisp context)
> in "Technical Issues of Separation in Function Cells and Value Cells"
> Lisp and Symbolic Computation 1:1:81 (6/1988) -- available at
> http://www.nhplace.com/kent/Papers/Technical-Issues.html. I don't
> think an R-style approach is discussed there, though.
>
> -s
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