Re: [R] S4 : setGeneric for classical methods

From: Martin Maechler <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 10:20:40 +0200

>>>>> "CG" == Christophe Genolini <> >>>>> on Tue, 22 Jul 2008 19:04:37 +0200 writes:

    CG> Prof Brian Ripley <> a √©crit¬ :

    >> On Tue, 22 Jul 2008, wrote:

>>> Hi the list (well, half of the list, only the one who
>>> are not on holidays...)
>>> I am trying to make an S4 package. When I run it on a
>>> console, everything seems ok. When I run R CMD check, I
>>> got an error --- 8<
>>> ----------------------
>>> Error in setMethod("plot", "ClassX", function(x, y) { :
>>> no existing definition for function "plot" --- 8<
>>> ----------------------
>>> If I add
>>> setGeneric("plot",function(x,y,...){standardGeneric("plot")})
>>> in my code, then everything is OK.
>>> This is a surprise for me since I taught that we do not
>>> need to redefine as generic the function that are
>>> already generic, like "plot". Am I wrong ?
    >> Yes. And do read the error message.  It says
    >> no existing definition for function "plot"
    >> so this is not if the function is S3 or S4 generic, but
    >> that no such function is visible.
    >> Looks like you forgot to declare a dependence on (or
    >> import) package graphics.

    CG> I would have forgot if I knew that I have to declare
    CG> such a dependence... Do we have to declare all the     CG> depence to all the package ? To base ? To stats ?

not to base, but to all other packages (since R can be loaded without any packages but base).

    CG> I thaught that the package that are include in R when we     CG> start it had not to be include.

You thought wrongly, and all our documentation mentions that you need to use 'Depends:' correctly (and 'Imports(..)' in NAMESPACE if you make use of one).

{and please strongly note the correct spelling of "thought" !}

Martin mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Wed 23 Jul 2008 - 08:38:51 GMT

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