R-alpha: Using autoload and smaller 'base' package [was "Re: New Version"].
29 Oct 1997 12:50:30 -0500
>>>>> "Martin" == Martin Maechler <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>>>>> "Thomas" == Thomas Lumley <email@example.com> 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).]
-tony (Anthony Rossini) Statistics Dept., U South Carolina
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