Experimental support for `batch` under MsWindows

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard@biostat.ku.dk
24 Nov 1998 10:58:31 +0100

Prof Brian D Ripley <ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:

> > Sounds great, except for the naming... The terminology seems to be
> > that one distinguishes between GUI applications and console
> > applications, and your GUI app. is the one called Rconsole! And Rbatch
> > also works interactively...
> > 
> > More obvious would be to call them
> > 
> > Rgui and Rconsole
> >    or maybe
> > Rgui and R
> Peter, what you and what Windows call a `console application' clearly
> differ!  In Windows a `console application' opens its own window to work
> in.

Hm. I think you're wrong there, although there's an obvious ambiguity
between programs that need a console and those that supply one. A
console *mode* application is definitely something that is intended to
be run in a console (alias DOS box in W95), and a GUI mode application
runs detached, like a background job in Unix. The former are the ones
that spring up a DOS box when you double-click the icon, and the
latter is the only type that runs in Win32s.

> Given that confusion, I would go for something like Rgui and Rterm (as for
> now R is already used for the `all in one' solution).

Rterm is a good idea, certainly.

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