readline installation [Re: R-beta: ....]]
Martin Maechler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wed, 13 May 1998 09:07:09 +0200
I think, we should give more hints on installing / using readline with R.
Maybe there could be one ASCII file
added to the FTP sites *and* to R-0.61.3.tar.gz
explaining some the things Peter Dalgaard just said on R-help.
I agree with Jan that it's a pity for non-programmer-hackers if they won't
be able to use readline (most probably, these are the ones who will not be
using ESS [= Emacs Speaks Statistics] either!),
or even they won't even realize that there readline *was* available.
Further, for R 0.62, I think we should try quite a bit harder to
have configure searching around for the readline library and include files.
[[maybe, yet again look more closely at what octave does?]]
FYI, I got the following, yesterday, privately.
>> Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 10:28:09 +0200 (MET DST)
>> From: Jan Kutylowski <email@example.com>
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> CC: email@example.com
>> In-reply-to: message from Martin Maechler on Fri, 8 May 1998 14:40:28 +0200
>> Subject: Re: R-beta: [firstname.lastname@example.org: R-0.61.3 with readline]
>> MM> This was accidentally sent to
>> MM> R-help-owner instead of R-help
>> thanks for forwarding it
>> MM> [why on earth ??]
>> People desperate for command line editing will do about everything to get
>> help after a local guru cannot decipher bysantine intricacies of the
>> makefiles in the current distribution. They will write to the White House,
>> contact scientology, whatever, they may even come across an old e-mail
>> message and when they see R ... here they go.
##>> More seriously, this feature of R is so basic that it must be better
##>> documented. Current functionality of R deserves attraction from a broader
##>> range of users than those who can figure out how to modify a particular
##>> piece of one of the many makefiles.
>> I hope you will find my comment useful.
>> A. Jan Kutylowski
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