Re: [Rd] Field initialization order bug?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 11:29:58 +0100 (BST)

On Mon, 16 Jul 2007, Daniel Wilhelm wrote:

> I believe that I may have found a bug in R. The top code sample gives

You have 'merely' found a bug in your understanding. What type did you expect 'a' to be? If you expected a list, that is not what happens in the first example, and you need

a <- list()

or, better,

a <- vector("list", 2)

> an error as shown. However, by simply switching which field is
> initialized first as in the bottom code sample, it works as expected.
>
>
> This gives an error:
>
>
> a <- NULL
> a[["field1"]] <- 1

Now a is numeric

> a[["field2"]] <- matrix(c(2,1), 1)
>
> Error in a[["field2"]] <- matrix(c(2, 1), 1) :
> more elements supplied than there are to replace
>
>
>
> Yet, this works as expected:
>
> a <- NULL
> a[["field2"]] <- matrix(c(2,1), 1)

Now a is a list

> a[["field1"]] <- 1
>
>
>
> Daniel Wilhelm
>
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