[ESS] Object name completion in R: Proposition to use 'all.names=TRUE'

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Mon Nov 29 15:46:39 CET 2004

Dear ESS + R  users,

This is something that has slightly bothered me more than once and I
would like to change in ESS' default behavior:

Most of you will know and like the object name completion in
ESS; a few you will probably have found that it doesn't work for 
objects whose name starts with a ".".

The reason is that these objects are not listed with
    objects(pos= *)  {aka  ls(pos = *) }  and this behavior of
objects() is fine and makes sense.  
A bit more advanced users will know that you can see the
dot-objects also by using
    objects(...,  all.names = TRUE)

I'm planning to make this the default behavor for ESS+R.

Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich

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