[Rd] R_parseVector and syntax error [was: error messages while parsing with rniParse]

From: Romain Francois <romain.francois_at_dbmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 20:02:41 +0200


[I'm redirecting this here from stats-rosuda-devel]

When parsing R code through R_parseVector and the code generates an error (syntax error), is there a way to grab the error. It looks like yyerror populates the buffer "R_ParseErrorMsg", but then the variable is not part of the public api.

Would it be possible to add yet another entry point to the parser that would basically wrap R_parseVector so that it would have an extra char* argument that would bring back the error message if there is an error?


Simon Urbanek wrote:
> On Jun 15, 2009, at 12:05 , Romain Francois wrote:
>> Hello,
>> In JRI, is there a way to get the error message that is generated by the
>> parser through rniParse
>> For example, if I have this :
>> long y = re.rniParse( "rnorm( 10 ))", 1 ) ;
>> this obviously generates a parse error, so y will be the same as
>> (R_NilValue) :
>> long null_id = re.rniEval( re.rniParse( "NULL", 1 ), 0 ) ;
>> I guess the underlying question is : "Is R_ParseErrorMsg exposed to
>> JRI".
> AFAICT R_ParseErrorMsg and friends are not exposed by the R API - they
> are not accessible outside, so they cannot be use by JRI. It would be
> nice if there was a way of accessing that info, but R doesn't
> currently support that.
> Cheers,
> Simon
>> The reason is I would like to bring back the message as part of an
>> exception generated when the code does not parse.
>> Romain

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