R-alpha: Re: Separation of Program & Doc; REQUIRING Perl5 [was: New Version]

Martin Maechler Martin Maechler <maechler@stat.math.ethz.ch>
Tue, 4 Nov 1997 15:47:54 +0100

>>>>> "PaulG" == Paul Gilbert <pgilbert@bank-banque-canada.ca> writes:

    >> B. Unix users without Perl, or  Windows / Mac  users:
    >> Besides the base tar/zip file,
    >> they need to get the precompiled online help --- as distributed by
    PaulG> CRAN,
    >> in addition, and then can use (but not enhance conveniently) the
    PaulG> help.

    PaulG> This does not seem unreasonable for Windows/Mac users since, if
    PaulG> I understand the situation correctly, they will also need a
    PaulG> pre-compiled version of some C and Fortran. For Unix users
    PaulG> without Perl5 the situation is not so obvious. (It might be
    PaulG> easier to distribute Perl5 than precompiled versions of all
    PaulG> possible Unix versions.)

    PaulG> Also, for users always connected to the Internet, it is not really clear
    PaulG> that they always need and should be forced to have the help on their own
    PaulG> machine. Effectively it is, or can be made, available on line. There are
    PaulG> advantages to this: the help can be updated and corrected on the fly.
    PaulG> (Assuming, of course, that it is not perfect to begin with.)

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