[R] Issue with Imports in NAMESPACE

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Tue Jun 25 13:19:12 CEST 2013

On 13-06-25 7:14 AM, Søren Højsgaard wrote:
> Dear Duncan,
> Excellent, thanks!
> Maybe this is worth a remark in a future version of "Writing R Extensions" (including that those "local copies" are not exported again with exportPattern("^[[:alpha:]]+")).

It is mentioned that they can be exported.  The fact that exportPattern 
doesn't see them might be a bug.


> Thanks!
> Søren
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Duncan Murdoch [mailto:murdoch.duncan at gmail.com]
> Sent: 25. juni 2013 13:02
> To: Søren Højsgaard
> Cc: R hELP (r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch)
> Subject: Re: [R] Issue with Imports in NAMESPACE
> On 13-06-25 6:50 AM, Søren Højsgaard wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> In my gRbase package I have up until now "Depend"-ed on RBGL (from Bioconductor), but good people have convinced me that I should use "Import"-it instead because I only use few functions from RBGL.
>> In DESCRIPTION I therefore now have
>> Imports: Matrix,RBGL
>> In NAMESPACE I now have
>> importFrom(RBGL, maxClique, is.triangulated, separates)
>> The package compiles without complaints, but I have noticed that if I start a fresh R-session, then maxClique etc. from RBGL is NOT available for "interactive use" in my session:
>>> library(gRbase)
>>> maxClique
>> Error: object 'maxClique' not found
>> 1) Is this as it should be?
>> 2) If yes, is there any other way in which maxClique can be imported for interactive use without Depend-ing the whole RBGL package?
> The importFrom directive effectively makes local copies of those functions in your package (with the usual caveats that copies aren't as inefficient as you might think).  If you want to export them, you need to add them to the exports list.
> Duncan Murdoch

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