[Rd] Detaching "ctest"

Jonathan Rougier J.C.Rougier@durham.ac.uk
Mon, 9 Apr 2001 09:32:28 +0100 (BST)

On Thu, 5 Apr 2001, Kurt Hornik wrote:

> >>>>> Jonathan Rougier writes:

> > I certainly agree with this last point.  However, the problem is
> > lessened if the user can use .Rprofile to tune the set-up.  The
> > current arrangement prevents that (or, at least, makes it rather
> > inelegant) by using .First to load ctest (and, in the future, other
> > mandatory packages?).  It seems to me that in an ideal world .Rprofile
> > would be the very last thing invoked before the prompt.  That way
> > whatever set-up is put in place by the system administrator or the
> > default, the individual user still has control.
> But this is exactly what happens---settings from .Rprofile do override
> the system and site defaults.  The question is whether .First should be
> used for package setup, or something else ...

OK! if you put it like that, then I think that .First should definitely
*not* be used for package set-up, as it prevents .Rprofile commands from
being the last things executed before the prompt, and thus removes
"complete user control" of the set-up.

Cheers, Jonathan.

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