Re: [Rd] Minor edit to R-ints doc will be needed for R-2.15.2: axis() no longer uses .Internal()

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 07:33:56 +0100

On 02/10/2012 22:17, Josh O'Brien wrote:
> Hello,
> The second paragraph of Chapter 2: .Internal vs .Primitive of R-ints
> uses axis() as an example of a function that uses .Internal(). Here's
> the quote:
>> Functions using .Internal() wrapped in a closure are in general preferred as this ensures
>> standard handling of named and default arguments. For example, axis is defined as
>> axis <- function(side, at = NULL, labels = NULL, ...)
>> .Internal(axis(side, at, labels, ...))
> As of R-2.15.2, though, this will no longer be true; as noted in the
> Code Migration section of R-devel NEWS file:
>> The C code underlying base graphics has been migrated to the graphics package
>> (and hence no longer uses .Internal() calls).
> So, a different example may be needed.

Not for 2.15.2 (which is not even mentioned in that file but will include the changes for 2.15.1 patched): that section of NEWS is about R-devel.

> (Please let me know if a message of this type is better directed
> somewhere else, or if it should wait until after some milestone in the
> development cycle.)

Yes, when R 2.16.0 is in its alpha/beta test period. You are commenting on a change (code migration) that is still in progress. Manuals are reviewed once a R 2.x.0 version goes into feature-freeze.

> Thanks,
> Josh
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