[Rd] suggestion for R >= 3.0: computer-readable CHANGELOG

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Fri Apr 17 16:12:04 CEST 2009

On 17 April 2009 at 09:05, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
| That would be a waste of time.  People don't use the package 
| documentation schemes that are in place; why would they use a new one?
Because of scattered documentation and lack of best practices?  Many things
are possible with R and packages, how many are really done consistently?  I
think this points to a need for better examples, better docs, and better
package checking tools.

I happended to have the same discussion via email last night with Brian
(CCed) who wanted to see NEWS / Changes in my CRANberries RSS feed for CRAN.
I suggested pretty much what Philippe suggested in the first post in this
thread --- with one addition.  I think we need a test in R CMD check that
emits a warning if there is no inst/NEWS or inst/Changes or inst/Changelog.

Your reminder of the parseable NEWS file was timely.  I would suggest to have
both NEWS (for 'big' events) and Changes (for 'smaller', incremental
changes).     I'd be happy to help code an additional parser Changes and/or
some checks for R CMD check if a consensus emerges that this is doable.  


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