[R-pkg-devel] Building my R package: issue when importing two functions with the same name

Rainer M Krug R@iner @ending from krug@@de
Tue Aug 7 13:23:04 CEST 2018

This is very useful - didn’t know that.



> On 7 Aug 2018, at 13:11, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan using gmail.com> wrote:
> On 05/08/2018 4:21 PM, Gianmarco Alberti wrote:
>> I am building a R package, and I am facing an issue caused (as far as I understand) by the fact that some functions out of my package rely on two fuctions having the same name and coming from 2 different packages:
>> pROC::roc
>> spatstat::roc
> As Iñaki pointed out, the main issue is that you should be using Import rather than Depends.  But I didn't see mentioned the fact that the NAMESPACE file can rename a function when you import it, e.g.
> importFrom(pROC, pROCroc = roc)
> importFrom(spatstat, spatstatroc = roc)
> Now in your own functions you can use pROCroc() or spatstatroc() and they won't conflict.
> (I was going to point you to the documentation for this, but I am not sure it is properly documented anywhere.)
> Duncan Murdoch
>> When checking the package via devtools::check(), I get the following warning:
>> Warning: replacing previous import ‘spatstat::roc’ by ‘pROC::roc’ when loading ‘GmAMisc’
>> Note that both packages are listed among the Imports in my package's DESCRIPTION file, and that (within my functions) I have actually used spatstat::roc and pROC::roc where needed.
>> I have done some web-search but I could not locate any workaround that actually fixes my issue.
>> Do you have any suggestion on the matter?
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