[Rd] a better "source(echo=TRUE)" {was "....how to pause...."}

Friedrich.Leisch at tuwien.ac.at Friedrich.Leisch at tuwien.ac.at
Tue Nov 30 13:27:38 CET 2004

>>>>> On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 12:51:12 +0100,
>>>>> Martin Maechler (MM) wrote:


  > But to do this might be more tricky than at first thought:
  > Of course you can readLines() the source file and writeLines()
  > them to whatever your console is. The slightly difficult thing
  > is to "see" which junks to ``send to R'' , i.e. to parse() and eval().
  > The basic problem seems to see when expressions are complete.

> Maybe we should / could think about enhancing parse() {or a new
  > function with extended behavior} such that it would not only
  > return the parse()d expressions, but also indices (byte or even
  > line counters) to the source text, indicating where each of the
  > expression started and ended.

  > That way I could see a way to proceed.

Yes, that would be also *very* handy for Sweave, where I parse/deparse
exactly for the reasons Martin describes: to get complete expressions
and to know where output should be inserted.


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