[Rd] Re: Packages and Libraries (was: Re: lme4 "package" etc
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Feb 9 00:05:20 CET 2005
On Tue, 8 Feb 2005 Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk wrote:
> But, a propos, is there an R entity called a "library"
> (other than the command) as distinct from a "package"?
Yes. That is what the argument 'lib.loc' to library() and other functions
A 'library' is a collection of packages stored in one directory.
library("pkg") means `go to one or more libraries, find package pkg and
load it up'
In S parlance what in R is a `package' is a `library section' or
(latterly) also `chapter'.
In English usage a library is a collection of volumes, not of recipes or
stories or articles.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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