[Rd] legitimate use of :::

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Mon Aug 26 20:14:56 CEST 2013

On 26/08/2013 1:57 PM, Kasper Daniel Hansen wrote:
> It seems that several people in this thread assumes that it is easy or 
> even possible to convince an author of a package to export a given 
> function.  This is clearly not always true, partly because as an 
> author you gain additional work by doing this.  The downsides to using 
> ::: is really about the possibility of the package breaking or 
> misfunctioning, and I don't really see why this is anyone else's problem.

As long as you keep the package to yourself, it's nobody's problem but 
yours.  If you want CRAN to distribute it, then it harms their 
reputation if it doesn't meet their standards.

Duncan Murdoch
> Best,
> Kasper
> On Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:38 AM, Hadley Wickham <h.wickham at gmail.com 
> <mailto:h.wickham at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     > I would say that you should certainly state it in the man page,
>     and have
>     > something in the DESCRIPTION file as well.  It might be
>     something like
>     >
>     > Author:  Duncan Murdoch, with code from others (see the man pages)
>     >
>     > However, I just looked at rgl (a package I maintain), and I see
>     we didn't do
>     > that.  We have a separate README file listing other credits.
>     The feedback that I've been getting from CRAN maintainers lately is
>     that you have to include all source code contributors in the authors
>     field.
>     Hadley
>     --
>     Chief Scientist, RStudio
>     http://had.co.nz/
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