[Rd] Malformed package name (PR#8314)

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Nov 16 13:05:17 CET 2005

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On Wed, 16 Nov 2005 maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch wrote:

>>>>>> "petrakl" =3D=3D petrakl  <petrakl at zce.cz>
>>>>>>     on Wed, 16 Nov 2005 10:10:46 +0100 (CET) writes:
>    petrakl> Full_Name: L. Petr=E1k
>    petrakl> Version: 2.2
>    petrakl> OS: w2k
>    petrakl> Submission from: (NULL) (
>    petrakl> # rcmd build Translation-it
>    petrakl> * checking for file 'Translation-it/DESCRIPTION' ... OK
>    petrakl> * preparing 'Translation-it':
>    petrakl> * checking DESCRIPTION meta-information ... ERROR
>    petrakl> Malformed package name
>    petrakl> See the information on DESCRIPTION files in section 'Creating=
>    petrakl> packages' of the 'Writing R Extensions' manual.
> if you do what this error message tells you,
> you should quickly find
>>>    The `Package' and `Version' fields give the name and the version of
>>> the package, respectively.  The name should consist of letters,
>>> numbers, and the dot character and start with a letter. ...............
> Hence it's clear that the character "-" is not allowed in a
> package name.
> So why do you think this is a bug ?

Because that form 'Translation-ll' is recommended in the R-exts manual
for translation packages.  We do say R CMD build will build such=20
packages, and at the time it was written it did.  So we need to make an=20
exception in 'build' for translation packages.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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