[Rd] Multiple options for a package

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Dec 14 16:04:14 CET 2004

On Tue, 14 Dec 2004, Eric Lecoutre wrote:

> Hi,
> Thanks Prof for this suggestion. I did get an insight into sm source code and 
> will adopt a similar strategy.
> BTW, I am discovering unlockBinding, which will be convenient. I agree that 
> package-related options should disappear when package is unload. But what 
> happen if within the same session the user reattach the package? Should the 
> package-default options be restored or the previously defined options kept. 
> And from a session to an other?

Well, graphics parameters start from the defaults for each new device (and 
each new session), and people don't seem to find that awkward.  Package 
hooks give users a way to set options at each invocation of a package 
(?setHook), and even to save and restore them if they want.

> Best,
> Eric
> At 14:30 14/12/2004, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
>> I don't see why package options need have anything to do with options(). It 
>> seems to me that they really should be stored in the package namespace (and 
>> so disappear when the package is detached).  One package which does this is 
>> 'sm' (although that has been ported from S-PLUS and is not the cleanest 
>> R-only mechanism).
>> I also don't see why you need to save options to file _within a session_, 
>> and the R testing framework does not do so -- take a look at what 
>> massage-examples does.  But if you do save options, remember that some are 
>> read-only.  I think you would find .readRDS and allies (see the help page) 
>> more convenient.
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