[R] cant find "get"?

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Fri Sep 1 08:30:24 CEST 2000

>>>>> "JohnS" == Strumila, John <John.Strumila at team.telstra.com> writes:

    JohnS> I found this great function called "get" which allows me to work
    JohnS> out my object name at run time.  Unfortunately it's not letting
    JohnS> me assign values with it.  What am I doing wrong?

     >> names(get(file.name))[1]
     [1] "X14.59.23"
     >> names(get(file.name))[1] <- "date"
     Error: couldn't find function "get<-"

in spite of Thomas' excellent explanation about  `` foo(x) <- .. ''
I wonder if John does not just need to be told
     ``	?assign ''

	myvar <- "X14.59.23"
	assign(myvar, list("some text", date = date()))

	get(myvar) ## i.e.	X14.49.23	

 [1] "some text"

 [1] "Fri Sep  1 08:29:45 2000"

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