Re: [R] Question about "evalq"

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Sun, 27 May 2007 07:19:46 +0100 (BST)

The meaning of parent.frame depends on where it is evaluated. So one should not expect it to do the same thing in two equivalent expressions (and nor should one expect deparse to do so, for example).

A pretty close analogy is that using a symbolic link in a file system is equivalent to using the original file path, at least until you try '..' or 'pwd' on the path. (In the case of 'pwd' it depends on the OS: POSIX only requires '_an_ absolute pathname'.)

On Sun, 27 May 2007, ronggui wrote:

> The help page of eval says: The 'evalq' form is equivalent to
> 'eval(quote(expr), ...)'. But the following is not equivalent. Can
> anyone give me some explaination? Thanks very much.
>> f1 <- function(x,digits=5) lapply(x, f2)
>> f2 <- function(x) eval(quote(print(x+1,digits=digits)),list(x=x),parent.frame(2))
>> f1(list(x1=1))
> [1] 2
> $x1
> [1] 2
>> f1 <- function(x,digits=5) lapply(x, f2)
>> f2 <- function(x) evalq(print(x+1,digits=digits),list(x=x),parent.frame(2))
>> f1(list(x1=1))
> Error in print.default(x + 1, digits = digits) :
> object "digits" not found

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