[Rd] if(!CRAN()){...}

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Nov 3 16:37:24 CET 2012

On 01/11/2012 23:37, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On 12-11-01 6:20 PM, Hadley Wickham wrote:
>>> You're writing to the wrong place:  you should be asking CRAN this
>>> question.
>>> Their email is cran at r-project.org.  They generally don't discuss their
>>> operations in R-devel.
>> Who is CRAN?  Is that publicly available information?
> Why don't you ask them?  If they don't want to discuss things in
> R-devel, it seems rather rude to talk *about* them here.
> Duncan Murdoch

CRAN is not a single operation: it is a repository for packages, a 
website, an ftp and rsync server, a set of mirrors, a distributed check 
farm ....  Many aspects, e.g. the task views, binary packages, are 

'Who is CRAN' implies a single person, but hundreds of people help 
operate the services.  The instigator (in 1997) and prime mover is Kurt 
Hornik (but you knew that).

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