R-alpha: batch

Jim Lindsey jlindsey@luc.ac.be
Fri, 28 Nov 1997 09:25:04 +0100 (MET)

In my limited knowledge of computers, a program that creates a hidden
file without informing you and then, in subsequent runs, has its
behaviour modified in unpredictable ways because of this is called a
  I am glad to learn that, with Ross's suggestion, R will finally be
removed from this undesirable class of programs, something that I have
been requesting since v0.13.
  I strongly recommend that the default in the distribution be no
.RData so the beginners do not get badly burned. The warnings in the
R notes about cleaning up before creating the .RData are far from
sufficient to indicate the dangers of these files. There should also
be a clear statement in the FAQ about the problems with their
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