R-alpha: Using autoload and smaller 'base' package [was "Re: New Version"].

Anthony Rossini rossini@math.SC.EDU
29 Oct 1997 12:50:30 -0500

>>>>> "Martin" == Martin Maechler <maechler@stat.math.ethz.ch> writes:

>>>>> "Thomas" == Thomas Lumley <thomas@biostat.washington.edu> writes:

    Thomas> On 29 Oct 1997, Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:
    >>> Perhaps we should revise the current contents of the base library
    >>> and replace some noncrucial items with autoloads? (The ts stuff for
    >>> instance, glm, maybe even lm).

    Thomas> It would be interesting to experiment along these lines.
    Thomas> Clearly if something is going to be loaded it saves time and
    Thomas> space to do it immediately, but if it isn't going to be used
    Thomas> it's better to keep it on disk.  Personally, I use glm nearly
    Thomas> every time I use R, but other people may have different needs.

    Martin> Actually, I have thought along similar lines: I think it
    Martin> is a neat concept to use autoload and more than just the
    Martin> 'eda' and 'mva' libraries.

    Martin> BTW: Is it a good idea if I include  my  
    Martin> 	stepfun / ecdf     functions into a new library  'stepfun' ?
    Martin>      ie. a library that belongs to the distribution
    Martin>      instead of being contrib?

Can we do like emacs, and have a means for "dumping" packages into R?
Even if it is just a matter of adding or removing comments in
appropriate places, this could be useful.  Just like emacs, this would
increase the initial size, but means that little time is wasted during

[I assume that the discussion is with respect to replacing packages
with autoloads, and I for one would consider doing that with some of
the packages as a "Good Thing"(tm) (since I've got to the point that
I'd rather wait to have things grow as I need them, rather than let
them start huge and grow incrementally at a small pace).]


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