[Rd] Re: Packages and Libraries (was: Re: lme4 "package" etc

Jeff Gentry jgentry at jimmy.harvard.edu
Wed Feb 9 01:57:48 CET 2005

On Wed, 9 Feb 2005, Achim Zeileis wrote:
> A *library* is a directory in which you can find R *packages* (just as
> in real life you can find books in a library) and with 
>   library("foo", lib.loc = "/path/to/bar")
> you want to get the package (book) "foo" from the library "bar" located
> at "/path/to/bar".

Out of pure curiosity, could anyone tell me the historical reason that
library() is used here?  Does it tie in to the S ancestry of R?

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