R-alpha: Re: Separation of Program & Doc; REQUIRING Perl5 [was: New Version]

Douglas Bates bates@stat.wisc.edu
04 Nov 1997 08:53:53 -0600

Regarding Perl5 availability:
 - In the Unix world I would be surprised if people who would want to
   install R would not also have access to perl5 or be able to install
   it.  I would assert that the level of skill required to install R
   is comparable to that required to install perl.
 - For Mac or Windows are you expecting that most users would install
   from the .tar.gz file?  I would have thought that there would be
   one compilation done to create a .zip file for Windows and a .hqx
   file for the Mac.  The typical user would only need to install
   these "tar-ball" files and never need to see the part that depended 
   on perl.  If someone decides to write an R function that calls perl 
   then it will croak but the same would happen for shell scripts, awk 
   scripts, ...
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