Re: [Rd] Tiny documentation error for ?options (PR#8633)

From: François Pinard <>
Date: Thu 23 Feb 2006 - 19:20:17 GMT

[Brian Ripley]
>This is already corrected in the the development version of R:

Good, thanks!

P.S. - More generally, huge thanks to all developers of this impressive R system. I have an idea of the constant courage and long dedication it takes for reaching the usability and maturity R already has.

>(The FAQ does suggest you check there before sending a bug report.)

Yes, I know (and even checked the FAQ first, as I could quickly do it). I had to choose between putting more time in research that I had at my disposal, and not sending a report. If I did the wrong choice, just tell me, and I'll merely refrain in similar circumstances.

I may be a very patient nit-picker, and while this is advantageous for a system, it is sometimes irritating for those maintaining it.

[Reminder of original message follows]

>It is a question of defaults being changed frequently (because C stack
>overflow was occuring on some platforms) and the documentation being

>On Thu, 23 Feb 2006, wrote:

>>Hi, people. The output produced by "?options" contains:

>> 'expressions': sets a limit on the number of nested expressions
>> that will be evaluated. Valid values are 25...500000 with
>> default 1000. [...]

>>and a bit further down:

>> The 'factory-fresh' default settings of some of these options are
>> [...]
>> 'expressions' '5000'

>>Is there a distinction between "default" and "factory-fresh default"?
>>If not, then 1000 might be the correct value instead of 5000, as 1000 is
>>contained in the list returned by R when given "options('expressions')".

>>--please do not edit the information below--

>>platform = i686-pc-linux-gnu
>>arch = i686
>>os = linux-gnu
>>system = i686, linux-gnu
>>status =
>>major = 2
>>minor = 2.1
>>year = 2005
>>month = 12
>>day = 20
>>svn rev = 36812
>>language = R


>>Search Path:
>>.GlobalEnv, package:methods, package:stats, package:graphics,
>>package:utils, package:datasets, fp.etc, package:grDevices, Autoloads,

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>Brian D. Ripley,
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François Pinard

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