Re: [Rd] Re: [R] changing (core) function argument defaults?

From: Tony Plate <>
Date: Thu 18 Nov 2004 - 11:46:45 EST

Just to add to Thomas Lumley suggestion: it's generally a good idea to call a wrapper function it by a different name. This way, when you forget that you have a wrapper function, you won't be puzzled by why the function doesn't behave according to the documentation, and you won't embarrass yourself by asking other people why there is a bug in R. Also, if the function is called programmatically by other functions, those usages might be depending upon the standard defaults being in effect. So, just do something like:


    grDevices::X11(display=display,width=width,height=height,...) }

>At Wednesday 05:18 PM 11/17/2004, Thomas Lumley wrote:
>Restricted to r-devel (it is almost never appropriate to send the same
>message to both lists).
>On Thu, 18 Nov 2004, RenE J.V. Bertin wrote:
> >From: Patrick Connolly &lt;>
> >To: &quot;RenE J.V. Bertin&quot; &lt;>
> >Subject: Re: [R] changing (core) function argument defaults?
> >Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 11:43:10 +1300
> >
> >On Wed, 20-Oct-2004 at 07:48PM +0200, RenE J.V. Bertin wrote:
> >
> >|> Hello,
> >|>
> >
> >|> Is it possible to change the defaults for the arguments to a
> >|> function, without changing the function code itself? I'm asking
> >|> because I'd like to override the default dimensions and font family
> >|> for a graphics device. Before 2.0.0, I'd just do that with a small
> >|> edit in the appropriate .R file containing the device function
> >|> definition. I appears to be possible no longer. So rather than
> >|> copying the definition into my own .Rprofile, it would be nice if
> >|> just the defaults could be modified...
> >
> >I didn't notice a response to this question. I'd like to do something
> >similar and haven't been able to work out how to do it.
>You can write a wrapper
> grDevices::X11(display,width,height,...)
>and put that into your Rprofile.
> -thomas
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