[Rd] Re: [R] Re: two new packages

Kurt Hornik Kurt.Hornik@ci.tuwien.ac.at
Tue, 1 May 2001 10:18:45 +0200

>>>>> Richard Rowe writes:

> At 12:18 30/04/01 -0400, "Timothy H. Keitt" <Timothy.Keitt@StonyBrook.Edu> 
> wrote:
>> Great!  I think we should encourage people to upload complete, but not yet 
>> fully
>> tested packages to the "devel" section of CRAN.  It gets really hard to 
>> keep track
>> of source that is scattered all over the 'net.
>> Cheers,
>> Tim
>> John Fox wrote:
>> > I've prepared preliminary versions of two packages that I plan eventually
>> > to contribute to CRAN:

> I fear Tim's idea could lead to mayhem with a multitude of
> 'built-for-a-job, I-can-use-it' contributions sitting on the devel
> section.  Devel is being used as a beta test repository by people who
> seem to eventually produce full packages.

> Perhaps a 'midden' might fill Tim's requirements, there is something
> similar for Delphi where people contribute code.  Every bit of code
> would need to be identified logically and with the author's name and
> with appropriate copyright declarations (in Delphi many producers of
> snippets seem very proud and possessive of their frequently uninspired
> code ... the really good stuff comes unrestricted GNU style).  My gut
> feeling is that unless contributors were VERY disciplined this could
> be a problem ... and if the lump is worthwhile it will lead to a
> package in the hands of a disciplined author.

> Maybe people with 'bits' could get together and produce an e1071 type
> package?,


At the r-core part of DSC-2001 we also talked about a ``useful bits of
code'' repository, so something along the lines of your suggestion is
coming along ...

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