[Rd] initFields() method no longer coerces arguments in R-devel

From: Jon Clayden <jon.clayden_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2011 11:41:12 +0100

Dear all,

I've just had a package update bounced from CRAN because of a recent change in R-devel which seems to affect the behaviour of the initFields() reference class method. (The change must be very recent because I tested the package on a week-old build of R-devel.) It seems that the method no longer coerces its arguments to the expected type of each field. For a simple example:

> Foo <- setRefClass("Foo", fields=list(number="integer"), methods=list(initialize=function (number = NULL) initFields(number=number)))
> Foo$new()

Error in function (value) :
  invalid replacement for field ‘number’, should be from class “integer” or a subclass (was class “NULL”)

(This used to work, with "number" being set to "integer(0)"). In fact it is now extremely strict, not even allowing a double literal which is equal to an integer:

> Foo$new(number=1)

Error in function (value) :
  invalid replacement for field ‘number’, should be from class “integer” or a subclass (was class “numeric”)

I don't see anything about this in the NEWS, so I was wondering if I could get clarification on whether this is now the intended behaviour, before I further modify the package. I must say that this will be a bit of a pain to "correct"...

All the best,

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