[Rd] Enough (was: Terminology clarification (Re: GPL and R Community Policies (Rcpp))

Romain Francois romain at r-enthusiasts.com
Sat Dec 4 18:12:02 CET 2010

Dear Dominick,

Thank you so much for the numerous reminders about this request of yours.

You will be pleased to know that as part of our ongoing search for 
quality, the current development version of the Rcpp package no longer 
contains code from what we call the `classic Rcpp' API. We owe this 
classic API to your contribution and for that we are grateful. It will 
be released as another package outside of Rcpp as a courtesy to R users 
and CRAN package maintainers who still want to use this API which we 
consider deprecated.

As of the current svn status of Rcpp (rev 2711 on r-forge), your name 
appears in several places, detailed below. Feel free to take whatever 
actions you find appropriate if this does not suit your needs.

Lastly, please do not take R-devel hostage of this thread anymore. Feel 
free to send your questions and remarks to the place where it belongs: 
the Rcpp-devel mailing list.



$ grep -R Samperi * | grep -v .svn
DESCRIPTION: 'classic Rcpp API' was written during 2005 and 2006 by 
Dominick Samperi.
debian/copyright:R / C++ interface package. Rcpp was written by Dominick 
debian/copyright:   2005 and 2006 by Dominick Samperi
inst/announce/ANNOUNCE-0.6.0.txt:Rcpp was initially written by Dominick 
Samperi as part of his contributions
inst/doc/Rcpp-introduction.Rnw:\pkg{Rcpp} first appeared in 2005 as a 
contribution (by Samperi) to the
inst/doc/Rcpp-introduction.Rnw:in early 2006. Several releases (all by 
Samperi) followed in quick succession
inst/doc/Rcpp.bib:  author =	 {Dominick Samperi},
inst/doc/Rcpp.bib:  author =	 {Dominick Samperi},
inst/README:Rcpp continues and extends earlier work by Dominick Samperi 
which he initially
inst/THANKS:Dominick Samperi        for starting what we now call the 
Classic Rcpp
man/Rcpp-package.Rd:  The initial versions of Rcpp were written by 
Dominick Samperi during 2005 and
src/Makevars.win:# (C) Dominick Samperi and Uwe Ligges and gratefully 

* In the DESCRIPTION file [1] in the Description field
* In the debian/copyright file [2]
* in the ANNOUNCE-0.6.0.txt file which records the announcement that was 
made about the relauch of Rcpp. The file is a plain text copy of the 
email that was sent to the R-pkgs mailing list on 2008/12/03 [3].
* In the Rcpp-introduction.Rnw file [4]. In the Historical context 
* In the Rcpp.bib file [5] that we use to reference to creations of yours.
* In the README file [6] where we acknowledge that Rcpp initiated from you.
* In the THANKS file [7] where we acknowledge your involvment.
* In the Makevars.win file [8]

[3] https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-packages/2008/000980.html

Le 03/12/10 00:28, Dominick Samperi a écrit :
 > On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 5:58 PM, Dirk Eddelbuettel<edd at debian.org>  wrote:
 >> On 2 December 2010 at 17:23, Dominick Samperi wrote:
 >> | OK, since you are so accomodating, then please remove all reference to
 >> | my name from Rcpp as I do not want to be subject to arbitrary 
 >> of
 >> | my status. I may not have the right to say how my prior work will be
 >> used,
 >> | but I think I have the right to ask that my name not be used in 
the way
 >> | it is used in the recent update.
 >> As I pointed out, you change your mind on this every 12 months, 
limiting my
 >> patience and willingness for these dances.  It has also been 
suggested by
 >> other than attribution is clearer if you listed as the maintainer of the
 >> 2005/2006 code that we started from in 2008.
 > The change that this thread is a reaction to happened a few days ago, not
 > 12 months ago. If I wavered in the past it was because I was being
 > forced to compete with my own work, not a pleasant place to be.
 > Are you telling me that you refuse to stop using my name
 > in Rcpp (except in copyright notices)?
 > Are you telling me that you will continue to use my name and
 > update the associated status as you see fit, whether or not I
 > approve or consent to those changes?
 > Please answer yes or no.
 > Thanks,
 > Dominick

Romain Francois
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