[Rd] How to change names when importing with a NAMESPACE (was: NAMESPACE Q: does import as exist?)

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Feb 8 20:08:04 CET 2006

This is indeed described in


linked from developer.r-project.org.

with the comment

   The purpose of baz is to import some of the exports of foo and bar and
   re-export them, using renaming in one case: bar's export g is imported
   under the internal name hh, and the internal variable hh is exported
   under the name gg. [Renaming seems like a useful option, but it may
   turn out to create too many complications and need to be dropped.]

It's been there since 1.7.0 and not yet been dropped.  (I would also 
suggest checking the R-News article on namespaces, which I have not done.
But checking the developer site is always worthwhile.)

It would be nice to have more end-user documentation on namespaces, and I 
have suggested it in the past.  A project for you, perhaps?

On Wed, 8 Feb 2006, Seth Falcon wrote:

> Well, it seems that the following does what I want.  In the NAMESPACE
> file, one can do:
>  importFrom("pkgA", foo=bar)
> Which will allow you to use the symbol 'foo' to refer to pkgA::bar.
> This is exactly what I wanted.
> Despite the lack of documentation, this seems an intentional feature.
> Is there a reason not to document it and allow it as part of the
> NAMESPACE feature set?
> Best,
> + seth

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