[Rd] truncate

Prof Brian Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed, 16 May 2001 16:15:46 +0100 (BST)

On Wed, 16 May 2001, Paul Gilbert wrote:

> Brian
> I've changed the name of my truncate function. In this case I think
> problems of conflicts in code could easily be resolved, but I don't
> understand how conflicts in the documentation would be resolved.
> However, please do keep in mind that adding things to base is
> problematic because of name space conflicts. This case was relatively
> easy for me, but some functions would be much more difficult because of
> all the implications for documentation and other code using the
> packages.

A later version of R may well have namespaces.  But please do bear in mind
that the names of standard C-level functions are likely to be used for the
same purpose in R.  Little-used packages (and there are over 100 packages
by now) cannot be given veto rights.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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