Re: [Rd] checkS3methods() change

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Wed 18 Aug 2004 - 21:56:35 EST


On Tue, 17 Aug 2004, Kurt Hornik wrote:

> >>>>> James Wettenhall writes:
>
> > Hi,
> > I'm using rw2000dev.exe (Win32) built on August 14.
>
> > If this isn't already planned, can I suggest that when
> > checkS3methods() (called by R CMD check) fails because of
> > a syntax error in a dependent package listed in the DESCRIPTION
> > file of the main package being checked, it would be nice if
> > checkS3methods() reported which dependent package caused it to
> > fail?
>
> > Running R CMD check on my package limmaGUI, revealed a syntax
> > error in one of limmaGUI's dependent packages, which turned out
> > to be the R2HTML package (after a bit of sleuthing).
>
> > Here's the syntax error in R2HTML, caused by the new parsing
> > rules for associative use of relational operators:
>
> > x0 <- xm[okP] == 0 != (as.numeric(Cf[okP]) == 0)
>
> > The R2HTML package (version 1.3) was installed with:
> >> install.packages("R2HTML")
> > trying URL `http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/contrib/2.0/PACKAGES'
>
> > Here's the tail of the R CMD check output for limmaGUI:
>
> > * checking R files for syntax errors ... OK
> > * checking R files for library.dynam ... OK
> > * checking S3 generic/method consistency ... WARNING
> > Error in .try_quietly({ : Error in parse(file, n, text, prompt) : syntax error on line 446
> > Execution halted
> > See section 'Generic functions and methods' of the 'Writing R Extensions' manual.
> > * checking replacement functions ... WARNING
> > Error in .try_quietly({ : Error in parse(file, n, text, prompt) : syntax error on line 446
> > Execution halted
> > In R, the argument of a replacement function which corresponds
> > to the right hand side must be named 'value'.
> > * checking foreign function calls ... WARNING
> > Error in .try_quietly({ : Error in parse(file, n, text, prompt) : syntax error on line 446
> > Execution halted
> > See section 'System and foreign language interfaces' of the
> > 'Writing R Extensions' manual.
> > * checking Rd files ... OK
> > * checking for missing documentation entries ... ERROR
> > Error in .try_quietly({ : Error in parse(file, n, text, prompt) :
> > * syntax error on line 446
>
> I am trying to find a general way of printing a suitable traceback
> alongside .try_quietly() errors. Turns out to be sort of tricky,
> unfortunately ...

In this particular case it is a problem with library() not giving the information (or just saying `this package' in others). I am trying systematically to improve the error messages, so it now gives

Error in parse(file, n, text, prompt) : syntax error on line 446 Error: Unable to load R code in package 'R2HTML'

for example. And that's because I keep getting errors myself with no traceback.

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Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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