[R] package.contents() deprecated, what replaces it?
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jul 28 16:41:39 CEST 2004
package.contents("gstat") is really ugly, and not something we would ever
recommend for end users. E.g. library(help=gstat) has always done a
The information package.contents regurgitates is itself deprecated, to be
replaced by metadata (in package subdir Meta) that other tools, e.g.
library(help=), can format nicely. Had namespaces be available back then,
package.contents would never have been user-visible.
On Wed, 28 Jul 2004, David Rossiter wrote:
> Back on 18-June a colleague (Earl Glynn) asked:
> I did a
> in version 1.9.0. The help file says this is deprecated, and says to
> "see also" Deprecated and Defunct, but what is the "new" function that
> replaces packge.contents?
> The function still seems to work, but it's just tagged as deprecated.
> I have the same question, and also could not find the answer despite
> searching "everywhere". I couldn't find a followup to the question.
> I've written an instruction manual introducing
> R to my institute's students, which includes the suggestion to use this
> command, e.g.
> For example, to see what's in the geostatistical package
> > package.contents("gstat")
> but now they see an off-putting "deprecated" message. Please advise.
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