From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2011 07:58:21 -0400

On 11-07-16 10:13 PM, Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
>> Packages without explicit ‘NAMESPACE’ files will have a default one created at build or INSTALL time,
>> so all packages will have namespaces. A consequence of this is that ‘.First.lib’ functions need to be
>> renamed, usually as ‘.onLoad’ but sometimes as ‘.onAttach’.
> Couldn't R simply regard .First.lib as the appropriate function to
> save many packages from
> being needlessly changed?

It is doing that (see today's version of the NEWS), but the problem is that it may choose the wrong one. If your package requires initialization then yourpkg::somefun only works if the initialization happens in .onLoad. But some packages only work if the initialization happens when the package is attached. It's better for the author to make the choice than for R to do it automatically.

Duncan Murdoch mailing list Received on Sun 17 Jul 2011 - 12:02:52 GMT

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