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Re: using previous =#+results= when =:eval never=

From: Berry, Charles
Subject: Re: using previous =#+results= when =:eval never=
Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2021 17:20:10 +0000

> On Jul 3, 2021, at 10:19 PM, Greg Minshall <minshall@umich.edu> wrote:
> Chuck,
> thanks.  (i'm not surprised at an e-lisp suggestion from you! :)
> i worry about accidental modification of the base case results during
> the chaos of development.  it occurs to me (reading through
> (org-babel-ref-resolve)) to keep my base case source blocks marked with
> [:results silent], which should prevent accidental modification. (*)

This seems unnecessary. 

Be warned that the behavior of `org-babel-update-intermediate` is not intuitive 
- at least to me.  My reading of the doctstring is that the result of a named 
src block can be changed when it is non-nil. AFAICS, this never happens.  
Instead, the return value from `org-babel-ref-resolve` is copied from the named 

For your ECM, after deleting the `:eval never`, if I append `+ 1` to the 
`mtcars[1:3,]` and execute then next src block, I get 

#+begin_src emacs-lisp
(compare-old-to-new "testcountsdecompose")

: Comparison failed for block testcountsdecompose

and the original in-buffer value did not change.

I can remove the `+ 1` and rerun the above block and the result is `t`



> then, i would change [:results silent] to, e.g., [:results silentx], in
> the base case source blocks whenever i wanted to re-create those
> results.
> for, e.g., inspecting the results when things differ, it would be nice
> to stay in the language of the rest of the code.  but i suspect i'll be
> able to do some e-lisp magic on the RHS of a :var, e.g., crudely
> : #+begin_src R :var basecaseresults=(org-babel-read-named-result 
> "testcountsdecompose")

> i'll play around with it.  (i suspect i'll be motivated to use an e-lisp
> macro, to eliminate the quotes, for example.)
> again, thanks.
> cheers, Greg
> (*) this relies on current org-mode behavior, where
> (org-babel-read-result) will return results from a result block from a
> source block marked [:results silent].  i have no idea how likely this
> behavior is to change in the long run.

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