[R] The steps of building library in R 2.1.1

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Thu Jul 21 17:49:44 CEST 2005

Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> On 7/21/2005 10:29 AM, Uwe Ligges wrote:
>>Gabor Grothendieck wrote:
>>>I think you have been using R too long.  Something like
>>>this is very much needed.  There are two problems:
>>>1. the process itself is too complex (need to get rid of perl,
>>>    integrate package development tools with package installation 
>>>   procedure [it should be as easy as downloading a package], 
>>>   remove necessity to set or modify any environment variables
>>>    including the path variables).
>>>2. there is too much material to absorb just to create a package.
>>>    The manuals are insufficient.
>>>A step-by-step simplification is very much needed.  Its no
>>>coincidence that there are a number of such descriptions on
>>>the net (google for 'making creating R package') since I would 
>>>guess that just about everyone has significant problems in creating 
>>>their first package on Windows.
>>OK, if people really think this is required, I will sit down on a clean
>>Windows XP machine, do the setup, and write it down for the next R Help
>>Desk in R News -- something like "Creating my first R package under
>>If anybody else is willing to contribute and can write something up in a
>>manner that is *not* confusing or misleading (none of the other material
>>spread over the web satisfies this requirement, AFAICS), she/he is
>>invited to contribute, of course.
>>BTW, everybody else is invited to submit proposals for R Help Desk!!!
> That sounds great.  Could you also take notes as you go about specific
> problems in the writeup in the R-admin manual, so it can be improved for
> the next release?

Of course.

> Another thing you could do which would be valuable:  get a student or
> someone else who is reasonably computer literate, but unfamiliar with R
> details, to do this while you sit watching and recording their mistakes.

Good idea.


> Duncan Murdoch

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