Re: [Rd] autogenerated namespaces not initialized correctly

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 17:39:08 +0100 (BST)

On Thu, 11 Aug 2011, Michael Lawrence wrote:

> Hi guys,
> This probably isn't news, but when a package is given an autogenerated
> namespace, its .First.lib, if any, is no longer called.

Please do read the NEWS file: .First.lib *is* called as either .onLoad or .onAttach.

> This causes problems, e.g., when a package is loading a dynamic
> library. Probably no good solution here. The initialization routines
> could be made to call .First.lib, code could be rewritten on the
> fly, a useDynlib() could be added for a package that has one, etc.
> Nothing too appealing.

But actually it works well enough in 97% of the cases on CRAN.

> Thanks,
> Michael
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