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

Hadley Wickham h.wickham at gmail.com
Mon Feb 18 19:33:14 CET 2013

In general, should we expect that the ability to compute on the
language within R will decrease over time? Otherwise, I presume if you
do change the behaviour of missing then you'll still provide some way
to create/call functions with missing arguments.


On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM,  <luke-tierney at uiowa.edu> wrote:
> 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.
> Best,
> luke
> 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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