getS3method {utils}R Documentation

Get An S3 Method

Description

Get a method for an S3 generic, possibly from a namespace or the generic's registry.

Usage

getS3method(f, class, optional = FALSE)

Arguments

f

character: name of the generic.

class

character: name of the class.

optional

logical: should failure to find the generic or a method be allowed?

Details

S3 methods may be hidden in namespaces, and will not then be found by get: this function can retrieve such functions, primarily for debugging purposes.

Further, S3 methods can be registered on the generic when a namespace is loaded, and the registered method will be used if none is visible (using namespace scoping rules).

It is possible that which S3 method will be used may depend on where the generic f is called from: getS3method returns the method found if f were called from the same environment.

Value

The function found, or NULL if no function is found and optional = TRUE.

See Also

methods, get, getAnywhere

Examples

require(stats)
exists("predict.ppr") # false
getS3method("predict", "ppr")

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