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suppressing xmlXPathEval: evaluation failed #209

dhicks opened this issue Feb 4, 2018 · 2 comments

suppressing xmlXPathEval: evaluation failed #209

dhicks opened this issue Feb 4, 2018 · 2 comments


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dhicks commented Feb 4, 2018

I'm working on a script to extract data from 33k xml files, so I'd like to suppress all warnings and messages. But the warning-like xmlXPathEval: evaluation failed that shows up on certain kinds of errors (an undefined namespace, in the MWE) doesn't seem to be either a message or a warning. What is this, and how can I suppress it?



file = '2-s2.0-0015762931.xml'
xml = read_xml(file)

out = xml_find_first(xml, '//dc:identifier')
suppressWarnings(out <- xml_find_first(xml, '//dc:identifier'))
suppressMessages(out <- xml_find_first(xml, '//dc:identifier'))

if (require(purrr)) {
    out = quietly(xml_find_first)(xml, '//dc:identifier')

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The message is coming from the libxml2 library directly, which is why you are unfortunately not able to suppress it yourself. It may be possible to work around this in the future, so please leave this issue open.

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RobertMyles commented Jun 13, 2018

I'd also like to know if it's possible to suppress these messages/errors, some users of a package of mine seem to be confused as to whether the package is working correctly when they see these messages. (Issue here)

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