[Rd] ChangeLog for R packages {was "Wish list"}

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jan 20 18:26:58 MET 2004


Have you looked at R's own ChangeLog recently?

You can insist on a ChangeLog, but some of us may be tempted to follow 
R's own example ....

On Tue, 20 Jan 2004, Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> On Tue, 20 Jan 2004 08:49:34 +0100, Martin Maechler
> <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch> wrote :
> >"Of course" "R CMD check" would have the harder job of also have
> >to work properly on non-Debian, non-Linux, even non-Unix systems..
> >For Windows, there's already the filename capitalization mess.
> Just as long as the filenames are case-insensitively unique, we're
> okay.  So no changelog coexisting with ChangeLog.
> >    Dirk> Would that help?  In order to parse a Changelog, we'd
> >    Dirk> need a common format.  We could start with the
> >    Dirk> standard emacs mode (with vi or, mercy on them,
> >    Dirk> notepad users can emulate free-hand).  Or is all this
> >    Dirk> too restrictive?
> >
> >I would be very much in favor of this.  But then I'm biased:
> >Using Emacs 100% and using ChangeLog's for most of my packages
> > {for those who don't know: "C-x 4 a" = add-change-log-entry-other-window
> >  this works even from an PKG/R/foo.R file, adding to toplevel
> >  PKG/ChangeLog, automatically inserting the R/foo.R filename
> >  (and a function name) there.
> > }
> As long as we give clear documentation about what the format should
> be, and it's not too obscure, I don't see a problem for Windows users
> here.  Non-Windows users (and the INSTALL script) should be prepared
> to handle CR-LF line terminations, because not all editors make it
> easy to avoid those; there's also the possibility of the last line not
> being terminated.  But those are easy problems with standard
> solutions.
> Duncan
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