Re: [Rd] prefix 'R_' when calling external code

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Wed 05 Jul 2006 - 08:19:50 GMT

On Sat, 1 Jul 2006, Benjamin Tyner wrote:

> I noticed that in
> that we are now calling R_loess_raw, R_lowesw, R_lowesp, etc. I'm
> interested to know what is the benefit/reason for the 'R_', as I am
> unfamiliar with this prefix and do not see it mentioned in 'Writing R
> Extensions.'

It is used when mapping external entry points to R symbols in that package: the latter must not clash with other R objects in the namespace, and this is why the prefix is added (in the NAMESPACE file, at

  # Refer to all C/Fortran routines by their name prefixed by R_ useDynLib(stats, .registration = TRUE, .fixes = "R_")


You say 'now': 'we' (R-core) never had loess_raw as an R symbol, rather "loess_raw" as a character string.

Brian D. Ripley,        
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