[R] masking functions

Alberto Murta amurta at ipimar.pt
Mon Apr 29 15:28:18 CEST 2002

Dear all

I was writing some code that needed functions from packages 'MASS' and
'CircStats', and I received a warning saying that the function
'eqscplot' in one of the packages was masked by another 'eqscplot' from
the other package (in fact 'eqscplot' from 'CircStats' seems a short
version of 'eqscplot' from 'MASS'). This masking of functions may become
a serious problem as the number of packages in CRAN grows. Maybe an
alphabetical list of all function names from all packages in CRAN could
be made available in the web-page, so that in the future people could
avoid using names that already exist when submitting packages to CRAN.

                           Alberto G. Murta                      
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