[Rd] Scoping issues

John Fox jfox at mcmaster.ca
Sun Jan 7 14:57:27 CET 2007

Dear Chris,

If I correctly understand what you want to do, the Rcmdr package uses the
following functions (slightly modified from original version contributed by
Philippe Grosjean) to solve a similar problem:

RcmdrEnv <- function() {
    pos <-  match("RcmdrEnv", search())
    if (is.na(pos)) { # Must create it
        RcmdrEnv <- list()
        attach(RcmdrEnv, pos = length(search()) - 1)
        pos <- match("RcmdrEnv", search())

putRcmdr <- function(x, value)
    assign(x, value, envir = RcmdrEnv())

getRcmdr <- function(x, mode="any")
    get(x, envir = RcmdrEnv(), mode = mode, inherits = FALSE)

I hope this helps,

John Fox
Department of Sociology
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M4

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-devel-bounces at r-project.org 
> [mailto:r-devel-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of Chris Eisley
> Sent: Sunday, January 07, 2007 12:29 AM
> To: r-devel at r-project.org
> Subject: [Rd] Scoping issues
> Hi everyone,
> I'm trying to split up a large R file that implements a 
> tcl/tk gui into several smaller ones.  The problem is that 
> the main GUI creation function defines many tclVars and 
> tkframes that need to be accessible to functions that are 
> currently defined in main function, but which I'd like to 
> move to different source files.  These files make up a 
> package, so it seems that using source() is a bad idea.  I 
> could try argument passing, but there are a lot of arguments 
> to pass in some cases.
> The lexical scoping is hurting me here, but I assume there's 
> a good way to deal with this kind of issue.  Any help is 
> greatly appreciated.
> -Chris
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