[Bioc-devel] Contradicting descriptions of "Enhances"
dtenenba at fhcrc.org
Mon Aug 4 07:59:52 CEST 2014
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> From: "Jonathan Rosenblatt" <john.ros.work at gmail.com>
> To: bioc-devel at r-project.org
> Sent: Sunday, August 3, 2014 10:39:57 PM
> Subject: [Bioc-devel] Contradicting descriptions of "Enhances"
> At the time of writing:
> *Writing R Extensions:*
> "...the ‘Enhances’ field lists packages “enhanced” by the package at
This is backwards, maybe just a grammar fail? IMO it should say "the 'Enhances' field lists packages which 'enhance' the package at hand, if they are present."
> "Enhances: is for packages such as Rmpi or parallel that enhance the
> performance of the current package, but are not strictly needed for
> Have these definitions been resolved?
IMO R-exts should be corrected along the lines I suggest above (and R-devel is the appropriate place for such a suggestion); however, the text on the bioc site is also probably less than ideal (will confer with bioc core as to how to rewrite it). Rmpi and parallel are not _always_ "take it or leave it" packages. Other than the grammar blooper, R-exts goes on to give more detailed and correct information, the most important bit of which is that all invocations of packages in enhances should be wrapped in
> Jonathan Rosenblatt
> Postdoctoral Researcher
> Faculty of Mathematics and CS
> Weizmann Institute of Science
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