[R] vague errors on R CMD check for very minimal S4-style package

From: Roels, Steven <Steven.Roels_at_mpi.com>
Date: Wed 07 Jun 2006 - 06:52:58 EST


I have a very minimal package "simplepkg" (DESCRIPTION, NAMESPACE, and R) with S4 classes/methods (defines a class "foo" and a show method for that class" - both the class and show method are exported). I can seemingly install the package, then load and use it:

> sessionInfo()
Version 2.3.1 (2006-06-01)

attached base packages:

[1] "methods"   "stats"     "graphics"  "grDevices" "utils"
"datasets"  "base"     

> library(simplepkg,lib.loc="/home/roels/R/lib")
> getClass("foo")


Name:       name       age

Class: character numeric
> myfoo <- new("foo",name="abc",age=10)
> myfoo

I am abc

But when I do R CMD check, it fails (or perhaps the "errors" are really "warnings"??):

sun890% R CMD check simplepkg
* checking for working latex ... OK

Here are the file contents:

sun890% cat DESCRIPTION
Package: simplepkg
Type: Package
Title: Does stuff
Version: 0.1-1
Date: 2006-06-06
Author: Me
Maintainer: Also Me <me@here.com>
Description: Does interesting stuff
License: GPL

sun890% cat NAMESPACE

### cat simplepkg.R #class def and show method  


setMethod("show", "foo", function(object) cat("I am ",object@name,"\n",sep=" "))

### cat zzz.R # required .onLoad for use of S4-style classes/methods
.onLoad <- function(lib,pkg) require(methods)

As I said, the package "seems" to work, but I wanted to be sure I wasn't missing something that was going to come back to bite me later.



Steve Roels, Ph.D. Senior Scientist I
Computational Biology
Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc
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Cambridge, MA 02139-4815

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