[Rd] dependencies on system packages

Ken.Williams at thomsonreuters.com Ken.Williams at thomsonreuters.com
Fri Feb 4 19:58:17 CET 2011

On 2/4/11 9:01 AM, "Simon Urbanek" <simon.urbanek at r-project.org> wrote:

>I'd argue that if a user attempts to install a package from sources
>instead of using the distribution binaries, he should know what he's
>doing as there is much more involved (proper tools, usually a different
>library location etc.).

Most of the time when I build an existing package from source, it's
because I'm doing The Open Source Thing, either trying to fix some bug or
add some new feature.  One should only need to be a competent writer of R
code to do that, but often the mechanics of building the package get in
the way.

Ken Williams
Senior Research Scientist
Thomson Reuters

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