Re: [Rd] parser does not catch strings without closing quote

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2011 07:57:48 -0400

On 11-09-01 6:24 PM, William Dunlap wrote:
> Shouldn't the parser complain about unfinished strings in files?
> It doesn't and will tack on a newline if there isn't one there.
> > withOption<- function(optionList, expr) {
> + oldOption<- options(optionList)
> + on.exit(options(oldOption))
> + expr
> + }
> > cat(file=tf<-tempfile(), "\"string without closing quote\n")
> > p<- withOption(list(keep.source=FALSE), parse(tf))
> > p
> expression("string without closing quote\n")
> > cat(file=tf<-tempfile(), "\"string with no closing quote nor newline")
> > p<- withOption(list(keep.source=FALSE), parse(tf))
> > p
> expression("string with no closing quote nor newline\n")
> It does complain when parsing a character string with the same problem.
> > p<- withOption(list(keep.source=FALSE), parse(text="\"unfinished string"))
> Error in parse(text = "\"unfinished string") :
> 2:0: unexpected end of input
> 1: "unfinished string
> ^

I assume this is a bug, but the way the parser handles input is quite a mess, so I'm not sure where to fix this. The obvious place (within the parser where it is getting tokens) does not work: the higher level code breaks up input into small pieces, and the parser frequently hits the end of a piece (at a newline or semicolon, for example), and signals an incomplete parse, which is restarted.

(For others than Bill: this is necessary because the S language doesn't have a clear end of statement marker. If the parser sees "x + ", it tries to get more input to finish the statement. It's only an error if nothing more is there.)

A possibility would be to add a new token "incomplete string", which will eventually trigger an error if the restart doesn't complete it.

I'll think about it...

Duncan Murdoch mailing list Received on Fri 02 Sep 2011 - 12:00:28 GMT

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