Re: [Rd] Spurious output white line in R script (PR#8631)

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Thu 23 Feb 2006 - 05:58:51 GMT

On Wed, 22 Feb 2006, François Pinard wrote:

> [Simon Urbanek]
>> I don't see the bug here ... you may want to explain how this behavior
>> conflicts with the documentation.
> Oh, sorry. I merely surmised that R developers were aware of the
> meaning of "--slave" option.

We are.

> Within the output resulting of command
> "man R", one reads:
> --slave
> Make R run as quietly as possible
> So, I was not expecting R, running with that option activated, to
> "volunteer" white lines. :-)

But Simon said `with the documentation'. Not doing what you expected is not a bug. Can you please point us to documentation which says that end-of-file produces no output?

This does appear to be deliberate behaviour from

void end_Rmainloop(void)

     /* run the .Last function. If it gives an error, will drop back to 
        loop. */
     R_CleanUp(SA_DEFAULT, 0, 1);


and I think it is necessary, as R might well have a partial line of output queued up for the console. So this is probably `as quietly as possible'.


Brian D. Ripley,        
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