[Rd] quote() vs quote(expr=)

luke-tierney at uiowa.edu luke-tierney at uiowa.edu
Mon Feb 18 19:31:10 CET 2013

I wouldn't count on any way of capturing this thing being reliable in
the long term.  As I recall what I do in codetools and the compiler is
use features of missing() to test for it, but try to abstract those
uses into one or two places only so I can easily change them if
missing()'s behavior changes. Basically this internal thing
_shouldn't_ be visible at R level, and if we ever figure out how to
make that happen it will.



On Mon, 18 Feb 2013, Hadley Wickham wrote:

> Hi all,
> I think there's a small buglet in quote:
> str(quote())
> # Error in quote() : 0 arguments passed to 'quote' which requires 1
> str(quote(expr = ))
> # symbol
> I bring this up because this seems like the most natural way of
> capturing the "missing" symbol with pure R code, compared to
> substitute() or bquote() or formals(plot)$x
> Hadley

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