[Rd] calls with comment attribute

Duncan Murdoch murdoch@dunc@n @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Wed Nov 13 01:16:55 CET 2019

On 12/11/2019 5:01 p.m., William Dunlap via R-devel wrote:
> In general R doesn't print the "comment" attribute of an object
>     > structure(1:3, comment=c("a comment", "another comment"))
>     [1] 1 2 3
> but if the object is a call it prints it in an unusual format
>     > structure(quote(func(arg)), comment=c("a comment", "another comment"))
>     a comment
>     another comment
>     func(arg)
> What is the rationale for the special treatment of calls?

It was there in revision 2 of src/main/deparse.c in 1997.  (For those 
unfamiliar with R history:  the current revision of R is 77405.  That 
particular file has been revised 248 times since rev 2.)

I suspect either nobody has noticed it before, or nobody had the nerve 
to touch it.

Duncan Murdoch

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