Prof Brian D Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 15:49:27 +0000 (GMT)

On Wed, 15 Dec 1999, Paul Gilbert wrote:

>     o   `Rcomplex' is preferred to `complex' (a future reserved word
>         in C) for R complex objects passed to C.
> I'm a bit confused here. Is "complex" or "Rcomplex" the future reserved
> word in C (I thought "complex" already was, but I'm not a C programmer)

complex is not currently reserved, but it is in the draft stanadrd
revision.  (I might see the confusion. It does not say `to be passed to C',
and it means after passing to C.)

> and is this because R storage modes should or should not have names
> corresponding to C reserved words?  I presume this means I should use
> something like
> storage.mode(z) <- if (is.R()) "Rcomplex" else "complex"

No! Use complex in interpreted R code and Rcomplex in C.

We will shortly have compatibility headers for the C code that covers this.

Foreign.Rd has not yet been updated to reflect this change, but
the Writing R Extensions manual has.


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