[R-pkg-devel] Puzzled about "locked environments".
r@turner @ending from @uckl@nd@@c@nz
Mon Jul 9 00:57:46 CEST 2018
Recently I experimented with assigning a variable within the environment
of a function in a package that I am developing. Slightly more explicitly:
In a function "foo()" in the package, I have lines like:
big <- 42
where "bar()" is another function in the package.
This causes an error to be thrown:
> Error in assign("big", big, envir = environment(bar)) :
> cannot add bindings to a locked environment
The reason that I am puzzled about this is that I used this syntax
repeatedly in my CRAN package "AssetPricing". In this latter package
the syntax seems to work flawlessly. No errors are thrown. No mention
of "locked environments".
Why would environments get "locked" in the package that I am currently
fooling about with, but not in the AssetPricing package? Is there
anything that I can do to keep environments from getting "locked"?
Can anyone suggest where I should start looking for differences in the
nature of the two packages?
I could possibly give more detail, but I have no idea as to what might
One difference is that AssetPricing involves no dynamically loaded
Fortran code, whereas the package that I am currently fooling about with
*does* involve such code. (But neither "foo()" not "bar()" make direct
calls to .Fortran().)
Grateful for any insights.
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