Re: strsplit does not conform to documentation (PR#379)

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Subject: Re: strsplit does not conform to documentation (PR#379)
From: Peter Dalgaard BSA (p.dalgaard@biostat.ku.dk)
Date: Sun 19 Dec 1999 - 06:28:51 EST


Message-ID: <x2zov8ngcc.fsf@blueberry.kubism.ku.dk>

cberry@tajo.ucsd.edu writes:

> Description:
>
> Split the Strings in `x' into substrings according to
> the presence of substring `split' within them.
>

> Apparently, it will
>
> Split the Strings in `x' into substrings according to the presence of
> ANY CHARACTER FOUND IN substring `split'.
>
> -------------------
>
> Was this intended? I expected, as the documentation implies that the
> result from above would be:
>
> "acbdefg" "higkilmnSpPqrst"

Yes it was intended. Strsplit interfaces to the strtok() C routine,

       char *strtok(char *s, const char *delim);

DESCRIPTION
       A `token' is a nonempty string of characters not occurring
       in the string delim, followed by \0 or by a character
       occurring in delim.

and `split' gets passed as `delim'. The documentation is bad, though.

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