[R] Re: two new packages

Richard Rowe Richard.Rowe at jcu.edu.au
Tue May 1 00:51:31 CEST 2001

At 12:18 30/04/01 -0400, "Timothy H. Keitt" <Timothy.Keitt at StonyBrook.Edu> 
>Great!  I think we should encourage people to upload complete, but not yet 
>tested packages to the "devel" section of CRAN.  It gets really hard to 
>keep track
>of source that is scattered all over the 'net.
>John Fox wrote:
> > I've prepared preliminary versions of two packages that I plan eventually
> > to contribute to CRAN:

I fear Tim's idea could lead to mayhem with a multitude of 
'built-for-a-job, I-can-use-it' contributions sitting on the devel 
section.  Devel is being used as a beta test repository by people who seem 
to eventually produce full packages.

Perhaps a 'midden' might fill Tim's requirements, there is something 
similar for Delphi where people contribute code.  Every bit of code would 
need to be identified logically and with the author's name and with 
appropriate copyright declarations  (in Delphi many producers of snippets 
seem very proud and possessive of their frequently uninspired code ... the 
really good stuff comes unrestricted GNU style).  My gut feeling is that 
unless contributors were VERY disciplined this could be a problem ... and 
if the lump is worthwhile it will lead to a package in the hands of a 
disciplined author.

Maybe people with 'bits' could get together and produce an e1071 type package?,


Richard Rowe
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Department of Zoology and Tropical Ecology, James Cook University
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