[Rd] Ice cream flavor metaphor in statistical computing

Jeffrey Horner jeff.horner at vanderbilt.edu
Fri Sep 15 23:05:50 CEST 2006

Forgive me, but since it's Friday and I've been thinking about command 
line options lately, I thought I'd find out who came up with the name of 
the --vanilla argument for R. From the svn log:

r2509 | maechler | 1998-10-10 10:52:53 -0500 (Sat, 10 Oct 1998) | 2 lines
Changed paths:
    M /trunk/src/unix/system.c

new --vanilla


Are there any interesting anecdotes about this... Did Martin Maechler 
name it? Certainly --plain could have been used instead...


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