You are correct that in this instance I have spent more time here trying to find if there is a preferred way to do what I want to do. However, this is something I will be and have been doing on a semi-regular basis.
It is a maintenance issue as well. Everytime you add a function, you must add it to the export line. I don't want to do that but if there is no other preferred means of using functions from another file, then I will.
Besides, can you really blame me for asking if there is a quicker/easier way? Aren't we all looking to make our programming lives a bit easier?