[Rd] makeNamespace and rdyncall

From: Daniel Adler <dadler_at_uni-goettingen.de>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2011 13:36:24 +0100

Dear R Core Team,

I have a question related to the programming interface for namespace object creation at run-time.

This is something that I need in the rdyncall package: During the dynamic linkage binding of a shared C library, an R namespace object is created that gets populated with call wrappers, symbolic constants and type information objects.

For example,

> dynport(SDL) # create namespace, populated with wrappers to SDL library
> search() # gives a "package:SDL" populated with all kinds of wrappers to the C functions, etc..
[1] ".GlobalEnv" "package:SDL"

I was trying various alternatives to get package-behaviour implemented in transparent manner for the end-user.

The current version uses real namespace environments with all sorts of advantages such as support for search(), detach() and '::'.

Namespace object have certain conventions for fields, and there is currently no public interface available in 'base' for setting up such objects; The function "makeNamespace" in src/library/base/namespace.R is defined as local function to "loadNamespace". So I go about this problem by 'copying' the code.

Recently, R-2.14 introduced a new mandatory field 'lazyData' which mades rdyncall broken. (By re-synchronizing with 'makeNamespace' it has been fixed in 0.7.4.)

Would it be possible and feasible to make namespace-related management functions such as makeNamespace and sealNamespace available as an public accessible interface? Or at least accessible via ':::' ?

I would also appreciate any hint/idea for alternative ways to implement the above described behaviour.

Here is the link to the code used for creation of dynamic C binding namespaces: http://dyncall.org/svn/dyncall/trunk/bindings/R/rdyncall/R/dynport.R

best wishes,
- Daniel

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