[Rd] Getting param names of primitives

Seth Falcon sfalcon at fhcrc.org
Wed Jul 11 15:40:23 CEST 2007

Prof Brian Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:

> My problem is that if we make formals() work on primitives, people will 
> expect
> formals(log) <- value
> to work, and it cannot.

But it could give an informative error message.  Asking for formals()
seems to make sense so making it work seems like a good idea.  I'll
agree that it working might encourage someone to try formals<-(), but
the fact that it cannot do anything but error seems like a strange
reason not to make formals() work.

+ seth

Seth Falcon | Computational Biology | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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