Re: [Rd] Identical copy of base function

From: Martin Maechler <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:03:31 +0100

>>>>> Matthew Dowle <> >>>>> on Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:59:43 +0000 writes:

> Hello,

> Regarding this in R-devel/NEWS/New features :

> o 'library(pkg)' no longer warns about a conflict with a
> function from 'package:base' if the function is an
> identical copy of the base one but with a different
> environment.

> Why would one want an identical copy in a different
> environment? I'm thinking I may be missing out on a trick
> here.

Yes, you are ;-) The trick is called ``namespace'' :

One example which lead me to implement the above:

The Matrix package has had an identical copy of 'det' for a while now, but of course in the Matrix namespace. Because of that, the call to determinant() inside det() will correctly dispatch Matrix methods for determinant(), whereas base::det() would not.

Martin mailing list Received on Mon 27 Feb 2012 - 12:05:46 GMT

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