[Rd] legitimate use of :::

Yihui Xie xie at yihui.name
Thu Aug 22 23:22:50 CEST 2013

r63654 has fixed this particular issue, and R-devel will no longer
warn against the use of ::: on packages of the same maintainer.

Yihui Xie <xieyihui at gmail.com>
Web: http://yihui.name
Department of Statistics, Iowa State University
102 Snedecor Hall, Ames, IA

On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 6:45 AM, Uwe Ligges
<ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de> wrote:
> On 22.08.2013 07:45, Yihui Xie wrote:
>> Hi,
>> So now R CMD check starts to warn against :::, but I believe sometimes
>> it is legitimate to use it when developing R packages. For example, I
>> have some utils functions that are not exported but I want to share
>> them across the packages that I maintain. I do not need to coordinate
>> with other authors about these internal functions since I'm the only
>> author and I know clearly what I'm doing, and I want to avoid copying
>> and pasting the code across packages just to avoid the NOTE in R CMD
>> check. What should I do in this case?
> Nothing. The way you describe above seems to be a reasonable usage, iff you
> are the same maintainer who knows what is going on. Other maintainers should
> not use one of your not exported (hence non API) functions, of course.
> Uwe Ligges

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