[Rd] Offer zip builds

Iñaki Ucar |uc@r @end|ng |rom |edor@project@org
Tue Jun 4 18:06:34 CEST 2019

FWIW, innoextract extracts the contents of the installer just fine.


On Tue, 4 Jun 2019 at 17:40, Steven Penny <svnpenn using gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 6:54 PM Marc Schwartz wrote:
> > I am on macOS primarily, albeit, I have run both Windows and Linux routinely
> > in years past.
> With all due respect, then you have no business in this thread.
> > That being said, these days, I do run Windows 10 under a Parallels VM on
> > macOS, as I have a single commercial application that I need to run for
> > clients now and then, and it sadly only runs on a real Windows install (e.g.
> > not with Wine).
> Further demonstrating my point. You run Windows in a virtual machine, meaning
> even if you encountered some bad installer, you could just revert to a snapshot
> or similar.
> > To your points:
> >
> > [bunch of links]
> I am sorry if I miscommunicated, I didnt and dont wish to be convinced about how
> well behaved R installer is. I wish for R to offer zip builds. Many other
> programming languages do:
> - http://strawberryperl.com/releases.html
> - https://dotnet.microsoft.com/download/dotnet-core/2.2
> - https://golang.org/dl
> - https://nim-lang.org/install_windows.html
> - https://python.org/downloads/release/python-373
> - https://windows.php.net/download
> As I see it, the question isnt "should R offer zip builds", its "why isnt R
> offering zip builds".
> > Unless you can make the case to them to expend the finite resources that they
> > have to support this as part of each version release process, in light of the
> > prior discussions, it is not clear that this appears to be a priority.
> Thats the point of my original post. If they choose to continue with only EXE,
> I will just keep using other programming languages. So you could see how it
> might be in R interest to offer this, as no zip builds might be one of the
> reasons people avoid the language.
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Iñaki Úcar

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