[Rd] Identical copy of base function

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Mon Feb 27 16:19:05 CET 2012

>>>>> Jeffrey Ryan <jeffrey.ryan at lemnica.com>
>>>>>     on Mon, 27 Feb 2012 07:39:32 -0600 writes:

    > Doesn't this also mean that if Matrix is loaded first,
    > det() will be calling Matrix::determinant, which could be
    > quite surprising change in behavior from expectation?

    > This seems rather dangerous and 'untrustworthy' to me -
    > unless I am missing some other hidden mechanism involved here.

The only change in R-devel is that library() does not warn about
*conflicts* in such a case.
This behavior (and the R code in library()'s checkConflicts())
is completely analogous to  
     importFrom("base", det)
but as you surely know, we can not (yet?) import from base.

So again: No changed behavior of R, just some warnings less in a
case where they are typically inappropriate.

    > I haven't read the code yet, and I am sure Matrix will "do
    > the right thing", but I have strong reservations about
    > this behavior when applied to the general universe of R
    > and CRAN.

    > Jeff

    > On Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 6:03 AM, Martin Maechler
    > <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch> wrote:
    >>>>>>> Matthew Dowle <mdowle at mdowle.plus.com>     on Mon,
    >>>>>>> 27 Feb 2012 09:59:43 +0000 writes:
    >>    > Hello,
    >>    > Regarding this in R-devel/NEWS/New features :
    >>    > o 'library(pkg)' no longer warns about a conflict
    >> with a    > function from 'package:base' if the function
    >> is an    > identical copy of the base one but with a
    >> different    > environment.
    >>    > Why would one want an identical copy in a different
    >>    > environment? I'm thinking I may be missing out on a
    >> trick    > here.
    >> Yes, you are ;-)   The trick is called ``namespace'' :
    >> One example which lead me to implement the above:
    >> The Matrix package has had an identical copy of 'det' for
    >> a while now, but of course  in the Matrix namespace.
    >> Because of that, the call to determinant() inside det()
    >> will correctly dispatch Matrix methods for determinant(),
    >> whereas base::det() would not.
    >> Martin
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