[Rd] Suggestion: isLoaded() to test if a package is loaded (without loading it)

Henrik Bengtsson hb at stat.berkeley.edu
Thu Feb 21 23:57:46 CET 2008


for 'affxparser' (Bioconductor), we needed a function to test if a
certain package was loaded or not, but we did not want to load it if
it wasn't, which is why we couldn't use require().  We came up with
the following solution:

  isPackageLoaded <- function(package, version=NULL, ...) {
    s <- search();
    if (is.null(version)) {
      s <- sub("_[0-9.-]*", "", s);
    } else {
      package <- manglePackageName(package, version);
    pattern <- sprintf("package:%s", package);
    (pattern %in% s);

Example:  isPackageLoaded("base")

As I see that require() and library() is using similar code for
testing if a package is loaded or not, feel free to have the above
added to the 'base' package.


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