[Rd] `[` not recognized as a primitive in certain cases.
lukas.stadler at oracle.com
Tue Mar 28 14:49:55 CEST 2017
“typeof” is your friend here:
so mc[] is a symbol, and thus not a primitive.
> On 28 Mar 2017, at 14:46, Michael Lawrence <lawrence.michael at gene.com> wrote:
> There is a difference between the symbol and the function (primitive
> or closure) to which it is bound.
> mc2 <- as.call(list(`[`,iris,2,"Species"))
> Evaluates `[` to its value, in this case the primitive object, and the
> primitive itself is incorporated into the returned call.
> If you were to do this:
> mc2 <- as.call(list(quote(`[`),iris,2,"Species"))
> The `[` would _not_ be evaluated, quote() would return the symbol, and
> the symbol would end up in the call.
> The two forms have virtually identical behavior as long as the call
> ends up getting evaluated in the same environment.
> On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 3:03 AM, Joris Meys <jorismeys at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I have noticed this problem while looking at the following question on
>> Stackoverflow :
>> While going through callNextMethod, I've noticed the following odd
>> mc <- call("[",iris,2,"Species")
>> ## `[`
>> ##  TRUE
>> ##  FALSE
>> # Expected to be TRUE
>> mc2 <- as.call(list(`[`,iris,2,"Species"))
>> ##  TRUE
>> So depending on how I construct the call (using call() or as.call() ), the
>> function `[` is or is not recognized as a primitive by is.primitive()
>> The behaviour is counterintuitive and -unless I miss something obvious
>> here- likely to be a bug imho. I immediately admit that my C chops aren't
>> sufficient to come up with a patch.
>> Joris Meys
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