Re: [Rd] Wish there were a "strict mode" for R interpreter. What about You?

From: peter dalgaard <>
Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2011 18:18:09 +0200

On Apr 10, 2011, at 15:10 , Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> On 11-04-09 9:22 PM, Spencer Graves wrote:

>> On 4/9/2011 6:12 PM, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>>> On 11-04-09 7:02 PM, Spencer Graves wrote: ....
>>>>         "R CMD check" will give this message sometimes when I don't feel
>>>> it's appropriate.  For example, I define a data object ETB in a package,
>>>> then give that as the default in a function call like
>>>> f(data.=ETB){if(missing(data.))data(ETB);  data.}.  When I run "R CMD
>>>> check", I get "no visible binding for global variable 'ETB'", even
>>>> though the function is tested and works during R CMD check.
>>> What is ETB?  Your code is looking for a global variable by that name,
>>> and that's what codetools is telling you.

>> Duncan: Thanks for the question.
>> ETB is a data object in my package. codetools can't find it because
>> data(ETB) is needed before ETB becomes available. codetools is not
>> smart enough to check to see if ETB is a data object in the package.
> Okay, I understand what you are trying to do. Yes, you have fooled codetools in this instance.

...but notice that the codetools warning is just that: It _is_ acknowledged that these things occasionally happen by design. There are a couple of cases in base R too:

I can't seem to spot the 'n' just now, though...

Peter Dalgaard
Center for Statistics, Copenhagen Business School
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