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

Paul Gilbert pgilbert@bank-banque-canada.ca
Wed, 29 Oct 1997 12:48:23 -0500

Perhaps someone could bring those of us not in "core" up to date a bit.
What are advantages of autoload and the implications, especially for
memory and speed.  Currently I have to divide my package into several
pieces in order to load it (I'm not too  sure why, but it is fairly
big). This is what I do:

R  -v6 -n250000

Some pieces are much more important and frequently used than others.
Also, within some pieces there are functions which are used a lot more
than others. Should I consider autoloading everything? Will I still need
to divide the package into pieces? Should I avoid autoloading anything
that is used really frequently?

Paul Gilbert

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