[Rd] Problem in 'methods' package (PR#4525)

ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Sat Oct 11 11:42:19 MEST 2003

feferraz at linux.ime.usp.br wrote:
> Full_Name: Fernando Henrique Ferraz Pereira da Rosa
> Version: 1.8.0
> OS: Linux 2.4.21
> Submission from: (NULL) (
>      After installing R 1.8.0, the R DBI interface stopped working. I tracked it
> down as a problem in the 'methods' package, that comes in the default
> installation.
>      Somehow the function '.valueClassTest' which is defined on package
> 'methods', is not being defined.

It is. See below.

>      To ilustrate how this breaks DBI, try this in a 1.8.0 R install (with DBI
> installed):
>       > library(DBI)
>       > con <- dbConnect(dbDriver("MySQL"), dbname = "test")
> Error in dbConnect(dbDriver("MySQL"), dbname = "test") :
>         couldn't find function ".valueClassTest"
>       A dirty fix would be defining it by hand (from
> src/library/methods/R/RMethodUtils.R) :
>    .valueClassTest <- function(object, classes, fname) {
>         (...)
>     }
>        (Which works), but ideally it'd be nice determning why the function is
> not being defined on the first place.

Package "methods" has a namespace from which .valueClassTest() is not
exported, but it's in there, try:

I think .valueClassTest() is not intended to be called by the user, so
the bug seems to be in package DBI rather than in R, and the maintainer
of DBI (David A. James <dj at bell-labs.com>, in CC) will certainly fix it.

Uwe Ligges

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