[Rd] Is difftime a "class"

Dan Murphy chiefmurphy at gmail.com
Tue Jul 9 13:03:16 CEST 2013

I am trying to write S4 methods with "difftime" in the signature but
am being "informed" (? not a warning or error) that "difftime" is not
a class. Nevertheless, dispatch takes place. Should I simply ignore
that "information"? Here is a toy example:

> setClass("foo", contains = "Date")
> setMethod("+", c("foo", "difftime"), function(e1, e2) callNextMethod())
in method for ‘+’ with signature ‘"foo","difftime"’: no definition for
class “difftime”
[1] "+"
> x <- new("foo", as.Date("2013-06-30"))
> dt <- as.difftime(1, units = "days")
> x + dt
[1] "2013-07-01"

Thank you,
Dan Murphy

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