[R] Lexical scoping is not what I expect

arun smartpink111 at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 24 22:52:23 CEST 2013

 f1<- function(x){env<- parent.frame();env$a<-5; g(x)}
#[1] 7
#[1] 12
#[1] 10

From: David Kulp <dkulp at fiksu.com>
To: "r-help at r-project.org" <r-help at r-project.org> 
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2013 4:27 PM
Subject: [R] Lexical scoping is not what I expect

According to http://cran.r-project.org/doc/contrib/Fox-Companion/appendix-scope.pdf and other examples online, I am to believe that R resolves variables using lexical scoping by following the frames up the call stack.  However, that's not working for me.  For example, the following code, taken from the reference above fails instead of returning 7.  What am I doing wrong?  Thanks!

f <- function(x) { a<-5; g(x) }
g <- function(y) { y + a }
Error in g(x) : object 'a' not found

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