[ACCEPTED]-View the source of an R package-r-faq

Accepted answer
Score: 19

Just enter the name of a function/method 1 without parentheses:

R> base::rev.default 
function (x) 
if (length(x)) x[length(x):1L] else x
<environment: namespace:base>

See also R-Help Desk - Accessing the Sources in R News Volume 6/4, October 2006.

Score: 15

How you find the source code depends on 6 the type of function. See my answer to this related 5 question.

As rcs pointed out, if you want 4 to specify a package, you can use ::.

> lattice::xyplot
function (x, data, ...) 
<environment: namespace:lattice>

Not 3 all functions from a package will be exported 2 (i.e. made publically available); for these 1 you need to use :::.

> lattice::xyplot.formula
Error: 'xyplot.formula' is not an exported object from 'namespace:lattice'

> lattice:::xyplot.formula
function (x, data = NULL, allow.multiple = is.null(groups) || 
    outer, outer = !is.null(groups), auto.key = FALSE, aspect = "fill", 
    panel = lattice.getOption("panel.xyplot"), prepanel = NULL, 
    scales = list(), strip = TRUE, groups = NULL, xlab, xlim, 
    ylab, ylim, drop.unused.levels = lattice.getOption("drop.unused.levels"), 
    ..., lattice.options = NULL, default.scales = list(), subscripts = !is.null(groups), 
    subset = TRUE) 
    formula <- x
    dots <- list(...)
# etc.
Score: 9

To find out which methods you want to see, write 1 methods(funcOfInterest)

Sometimes it does not suffice to print(funcOfInterest.class). Try print(getAnywhere(funcOfInterest.class)) then.

Score: 2

Download package source from https://cloud.r-project.org/src/contrib and open it 3 with your favorite editor. Find the function 2 definition (you can use grep for that). Sometimes 1 you can find a useful introduction as well.

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