[Rd] Changes to correct problems with classes in namespaces

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Aug 24 19:59:39 CEST 2004


Looks like several packages are failing to dump or load with messages like

Error in warning("Undefined slot classes in definition of \"",
classDef at className,  :
        Object "classDef" not found

So far I have seen this with SparseM, dynamicGraph (and hence deal and
gRbase).  Should that be `ClassDef'?  And is this a new error detected?


On Tue, 24 Aug 2004, John Chambers wrote:

> An extensive set of changes to the methods package has been committed
> today to allow non-exported classes from packages with namespaces (and
> some related fixes in dealing with generic functions from namespaces as
> well).
> The namespace mechanism requires packages to export any class
> definitions that are part of the API.  Unfortunately, NOT exporting
> classes has never really worked.
> The problem was essentially that computations such as method dispatch
> used the character-string name of a class, with no information about
> where that class came from.  For non-exported classes, this caused many
> computations down the line to fail.  Related problems came from not
> using the generic function objects and the class definition objects.
> The modified code passes the usual check and check-devel tests, plus
> some tests for dealing with private classes, but if you have packages
> that use methods extensively, please try these with the current r-devel
> as soon as possible.
> John

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