[R] Continuation and parse

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jun 28 14:44:49 CEST 2006

On Wed, 28 Jun 2006, Jim Lemon wrote:

> Hi gurus,
> After an unsuccessful scrabble through the documentation and Jon's
> excellent search facility, I am no wiser as to how R recognizes an
> incomplete command line and politely raises its hand for more. The help
> page for parse gives no indication that it does anything more than spit
> the dummy when fed an incomplete command line, but something in there
> must recognize such ellipsis. Any hints?

It's internal.  Look in src/main/main.c, in particular the R_Repl* 
functions.  In short, R_Parse1Buffer can return PARSE_INCOMPLETE.

This is not done by the R-level function parse(): that parses a whole 
buffer rather than a line at a time, and maps all non-OK results to an 

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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