[Rd] Feature request: mixing `...` (three dots) with other formal arguments in S4 methods

Janko Thyson janko.thyson at gmail.com
Thu Nov 27 18:45:16 CET 2014

Dear List,

I'm currently investigating if the argument dispatch mechanism based on
`...` could somehow be "generalized" to scenarios that involve `r`
recipients located across `c` calling stack layers *and* combined with the
S4 method mechanism (for those interested see
for an (conceptual) approach of how this could be realized).

AFAICT, this would require that `...` can be *mixed* with other signature
arguments, which is currently not supported as stated in `?dotsMethods`:

Quote {
Using "..." in a Signature

Beginning with version 2.8.0 of R, S4 methods can be dispatched (selected
and called) corresponding to the special argument “...”. Currently, “...”
cannot be mixed with other formal arguments: either the signature of the
generic function is “...” only, or it does not contain “...”. (This
restriction may be lifted in a future version.)

Would it be possible to consider lifting this limitation soon?

Thanks a lot to everyone maintaining R!!


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