RE^2: [Rd] New generic functions in "R base" {was `truncate'}

Paul Gilbert
Wed, 23 May 2001 16:33:02 -0400

>Actually, this illustrates a problem and raises another issue.  As it
>out, I'm not the only one to have (unnecessarily) re-implemented the
>features of confint() because it didn't occur to me to look in MASS for
>I'm sure that others have had the same thing happen.

Some search/browse capability sure would be nice and I think this
problem is going to get worse with the elimination of function.html in R
1.3.0.  Perhaps there is a possibility of putting a giant index of all
functions in all packages on CRAN?

>Shouldn't such generally useful functions get moved into base or some
>other package that is on the default search path?

The potential for name conflicts seems rather severe with this approach.

Paul Gilbert

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