I'm a bit confused about the scope of PRIVATE versus PUBLIC classes. In the ooRexx documentation under the ::CLASS directive it says:

If you specify the PUBLIC option, the class is visible beyond its containing Rexx program to any other program that references this program with a ::REQUIRES directive. (See ::REQUIRES.) If you do not specify the PUBLIC option, the class is visible only within its containing Rexx program

So if I compile the example below like this: REXXC a.cls ab.bin

file a.cls:
::CLASS A PUBLIC
::METHOD init
say 'Hello from A'
b=.b~new
::REQUIRES b.cls

file b.cls:
::CLASS B PRIVATE
::METHOD init
say 'Hello from B'

then I would consider the result ab.bin to be "a containing Rexx program", so that A can call B. Now, if I have:

file c.rex:
a=.a~new
::REQUIRES ab.bin

That IMHO should work, but it doesn't. I can see why c.rex should not be able to call B but there is an error when A tries to call B.

It's clear that I've misunderstood the expression "containing Rexx program", maybe this could be clarified a bit. (Or is there a bug here?)

Thanks,
Staffan