[R] Problem with geterrmessage()

luke-tierney at uiowa.edu luke-tierney at uiowa.edu
Thu Feb 22 21:45:16 CET 2018

Only the default error handler puts the error message in a buffer
where it can be retrieved with geterrmessage. try() replaces the
default error handler. Either look at the value returned by try() or
use tryCatch with conditionMessage.



On Thu, 22 Feb 2018, Dennis Fisher wrote:

> R 3.4.3
> OS X
> Colleagues
> I have a 20K line script in which I encounter an unexpected problem.
> If the script detects presence of a particular file USERCODE.txt, it executes:
> 	source(“USERCODE.txt”)
> If that file is not present, the script executes without a problem.
> There might be syntax errors in USERCODE.txt; therefore, the code above is embedded in a try command:
> 	try(source(“USERCODE.txt", local=T), silent=T)
> followed by:
> 	ERRORMESSAGE <- geterrmessage()
> For unclear reasons, an earlier command is yielding an error message:
> 	unused argument (\"\\n\")
> Despite identifying the exact source of that error, I can’t fix it (and it is of no consequence).
> Ideally, I would like to clear out the pre-existing error message immediately before the “try” command (or perhaps at that particular location where it is being created) — but I can’t figure out how to do so.
> Any suggestions would be welcome.
> Dennis
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