[Rd] Wish list
edd at debian.org
Mon Jan 19 19:55:11 MET 2004
> For CRAN to list changes to other packages would require cooperation
> from all the package developers. If the maintainer of acepack isn't
> sufficiently together to reply to your messages, he probably won't be
> keeping up with other aspects of change tracking. Even trying to
> extract a NEWS or Changelog file might not work -- eg for survival the
> Changelog file is Terry Therneau's change log, not my log for changes to
> the R port.
Debian uses a convention that (somewhat simplified)
if the package is a standard upstream package then
its changelog or news or changes or ... file is installaed as ChangeLog
and the Debian maintainer changes go into ChangeLog.Debian
else if the package is a 'native' Debian package
the changelog is installed as ChangeLog
R CMD check could warn if there is not ChangeLog or Changes file, and
thereby suggest that authors provide them.
R CMD install could install them in a standard place as we control the
Would that help? In order to parse a Changelog, we'd need a common format.
We could start with the standard emacs mode (with vi or, mercy on them,
notepad users can emulate free-hand). Or is all this too restrictive?
The good thing is that enough rigour was put into CRAN practices early so
ensure a very decent level of conformity across packages. We could try to
The relationship between the computed price and reality is as yet unknown.
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