[Rd] pass-by-reference

Paul Bailey pdbailey at umd.edu
Thu Jul 8 06:52:29 CEST 2010

I'm working with a large object that I want to modify slightly in a function.
Pass-by-reference would make a lot of sense, but I don't know how to do it.

I've searched this archive and thought that I can do something like

f <- function(x) {
  v1 <- list(a=x,b=3)
g <- function(x) {
  frame <- parent.frame()
returns list(a=4,b=4)

but what if I wanted to make v1[[1]] = v1[[1]] + v1[[2]] without creating a
copy of v1? 

f2 <- function(x) {
  v1 <- list(a=x,b=3)
g2 <- function(x) {
  frame <- parent.frame()
  v1 <- get("v1",envir=frame)
  v1[[1]] <- v1[[1]] + v1[[2]]

but this fails. (it returns list(a=4,b=3) because v1 was copied into g2, not
passed by reference) Is there a way to do this?
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