R-alpha: Re: Separation of Program & Doc; REQUIRING Perl5 [was: New Version]
Tue, 4 Nov 1997 16:37:33 +0100
>>>>> Douglas Bates writes:
> Regarding Perl5 availability:
> - In the Unix world I would be surprised if people who would want to
> install R would not also have access to perl5 or be able to install
> it. I would assert that the level of skill required to install R
> is comparable to that required to install perl.
Btw, does CPAN have binary distributions as well?
> - For Mac or Windows are you expecting that most users would install
> from the .tar.gz file? I would have thought that there would be
> one compilation done to create a .zip file for Windows and a .hqx
> file for the Mac. The typical user would only need to install
> these "tar-ball" files and never need to see the part that depended
> on perl. If someone decides to write an R function that calls perl
> then it will croak but the same would happen for shell scripts, awk
> scripts, ...
I am confused now. I thought the advantage of Perl is that it is
available on non-Unix platforms as well ...?
(Of course, that does not solve the `packaging' problem ...)
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