R-alpha: Can we "require" 1) GNU make, 2) Perl -- for help "compiling"?
Martin Maechler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 17:15:32 +0200
Another request for comments
(the last one on file extensions had not too many 'voters' ...)
Both questions have to do with improving the 'man' file format,
conventions, .. AND building the 'help', 'latex' and 'html' files from the
Before you read on..
Kurt Hornik has suggested that in any case, the compiled
'help', 'html' (and 'tex' and 'R' Example) files could be provided
(through CRAN) for those people who would lack in the following..
1) I am trying to `replace' the current scheme of
make test-Examples which just calls shell script in RHOME/etc
by a scheme that uses proper dependencies and only
rebuilds things when and where they have changed.
Currently, I believe that this would be much easier / nicer if I could
require GNU make (which all Linuxers have anyway) for doing these.
I could then use things such as $(shell: ...) $(wildcard: ...), etc.
Is this ok with all of you?
2) Even more extreme: Can we require __Perl__ to be available for most
(for all who want to build help/html/tex files themselves)?
If yes, we could think of enhancing the "compilation" of man files
quite a bit, using perl instead of the
sed .. | m4 | sed ..
pipe which we currently need.
What do you think?
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