[R] "Digest" version of R-help and R-devel mailing lists

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Mon Sep 20 10:37:33 CEST 1999

A few of you have expressed the desire for a "digest" subscription to the
R-help and/or R-devel mailing lists.
{This may be especially useful if you leave for vacation etc}.

These ``digest lists'' have now been put into place, i.e., if you don't
want to get as much e-mail from R-help or R-devel as currently, 
but still would want to be in touch,
you could now consider changing your subscription, from, e.g.,
R-help to R-help-digest. 

Note that a "digest" in this sense is no condensation; it's just
one e-mail with all messages instead of single message e-mails.
The one I (as currently only subscribe to R-help-digest) got this morning
started as

>> R-help Digest        Monday, September 20 1999        Volume 01 : Number 002
>> In this issue:
>>   Re: [R] janka data
>>   Re: [R] using C++ with R?
>>   [R] janka data
>>   Re: [R] using C++ with R?
>>   [R] error in loading shared libraries
>>   Re: [R] error in loading shared libraries
>> See the end of the digest for information about r-help-digest

> (and then these 6 messages concatenated)

Further note that the digest follows "official" standard RFC 934,
and can be dealt with `` almost any digest-digester that comes along ''
(eg. in Emacs RMAIL, I can do M-x undigestify-rmail-message which would split
 the above digest into 1+6 single messages)

Mail to R-help-digest is the same as mail to R-help
     (such that replying to R-help-digest will reply to where appropriate).

I am proposing (and have currently activated) to have digestifications
3 times a week, on  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (at MET 04 = UTC 04+{1|2}).
Another possibility would be daily digests.
I think we should keep it as it is now for a while and have the digest
subscribers send me mail (not to the list which is identical to R-help)
if a different schedule is desired [e.g. S-news-digest is daily].

Finally, how do you change your subscription from R-help to R-help-digest?
On Unix {with working e-mail}, it's as simple as
	echo   subscribe r-help-digest | mail majordomo at stat.math.ethz.ch
	echo unsubscribe r-help        | mail majordomo at stat.math.ethz.ch

Of course, I'm not encouraging anyone to do this, since "immediate"
discussions are more helpful to anyone looking for help on R-help.
On the other hand, you might be interested in R's development, but not want
to get as many messages as you get now.
I think this is particularly true for R-devel which gets all bug reports.
You may consider subscribing to R-devel-digest if you  have shied away from
subscribing to R-devel till now.

BTW, this is *not* sent to R-devel since I assume any R-develers to be
    subscribed to R-help anyway... okay?

Your list maintainer,
Martin Maechler <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch>	http://stat.ethz.ch/~maechler/
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