Have you ever noticed that when you run

x <- 1:5
y <- 2:6
plot( x, y+1 )

you get the expressions you used in your call to plot on the axis labels? `x` 
is an expression consisting of a single symbol and y+1 is an expression 
consisting of the addition operator and two arguments: the symbol x and the 
constant 1. Plot uses these expressions in two ways: one to get numbers to 
plot, but also converts the expressions into strings that can be printed on the 

The save function has an `...` argument that it expects to find symbol names 
in,  and when you pass an expression as an unnamed argument instead and it then 
tries to convert the expression to a string and use that as a name for a 
variable, you get problems.... so don't do that. 

The save function also has the named argument `list` that does not have that 
symbol-name-extracting behaviour. By explicitly passing a vector of character 
strings (of length one in your case) in the named `list` argument you avoid 
that special handling applied by the save function to the `...` argument.

It does seem strange at first, but it goes along with some rather convenient 
features of the R statistical environment like formulas and intuitive plot 
labeling, and the ability to use

save( Var_2000, file = paste0( "Var_", year, ".Rdata" ) )

with no quotes. 

On April 9, 2018 9:11:49 PM PDT, Marc Girondot via R-help 
<r-help@r-project.org> wrote:
>Dear list member,
>I think that I have detected a strange behavior of the save() command:
> > year <- "2000"
> > assign(paste0("Var_", year), list(A=10, B=20))
> > get(paste0("Var_", year))
>[1] 10
>[1] 20
># At this point all is ok, I have created a list of name Var_2000
> > save(paste0("Var_", year), file=paste0("Var_", year, ".Rdata"))
>Error in save(paste0("Var_", year), file = paste0("Var_", year, 
>".Rdata")) :
>   objet ‘paste0("Var_", year)’ introuvable
>(introuvable=cannot be found)
> > save("Var_2000", file=paste0("Var_", year, ".Rdata"))
>When I read the help for save: ?save
>...    the names of the objects to be saved (as symbols or character 
>I checked if paste0("Var_", year) produced a character string:
> > str("Var_2000")
>  chr "Var_2000"
> > str(paste0("Var_", year))
>  chr "Var_2000"
>The solution was to include the name in the list argument:
> > save(list=paste0("Var_", year), file=paste0("Var_", year, ".Rdata"))
>But I don't understand what is the difference between "Var_2000" and 
>paste0("Var_", year) as both produced the same output.
>Thanks for your help,
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