[R] How to know if a bug was recognised
tuechler at gmx.at
Tue Nov 30 17:15:36 CET 2004
Thank you for your answer.
BTW for a beginner like me it seems very difficult to ask a question
without being criticised.
Maybe that for a beginner it is not that easy to find an issue
which, as you say, "Indeed, no one reported the problem for 2.0.0 at all,
including all the alpha and beta test versions (except for Chinese where
the characters are invalid and so the behaviour was correct), and so the
workaround did not make 2.0.1." in the archives of the R mailing lists.
And believe me I was searching for several hours, obvoiusly not with the
I did not express any expectation about an answer, I hoped to get an answer
about what kind of reaction I should expect. Studying the "R Bug Tracking
System" was not successful.
I am aware of the character of the R project, I highly appreciate the work
of this group and of course I do not want to inhibit your occasional
attempts to have a life.
At 12:55 30.11.2004 +0000, you wrote:
>You have already been sent an answer. It is a bug in your copy of
>Windows, and it will be worked around in the current version of R-patched.
>From the CHANGES file:
> R 2.0.1 patched
> We work around reported bugs in Windows XP as to which characters are
> printable by attempting to print all non-control characters when using
>Note: no one else has reported a problem on 98SE, despite this having been
>the behaviour of R for three months, and it seemed only XP SP2 was
>affected. Indeed, no one reported the problem for 2.0.0 at all, including
>all the alpha and beta test versions (except for Chinese where the
>characters are invalid and so the behaviour was correct), and so the
>workaround did not make 2.0.1.
>BTW, your expectation that an email you sent at the weekend will be
>answered by Tuesday is completely unreasonable. R is a volunteer project,
>and the developers do have other commitments (and occasionally make
>attempts to have a life).
>[You could have read the archives of the R mailing lists to find that this
>was a known issue that had already been addressed.]
>On Tue, 30 Nov 2004, Heinz Tuechler wrote:
>> A problem with special characters seemed to me to be a bug. I sent a mail
>> to R-windows at r-project.org concerning the problem (see below).
>> How can I find out, if this is considered as a bug or an error of myself?
>> Which part of FAQs or documentation did I miss to find the answer?
>> thanks in advance
>> Heinz TÃ¼chler
>> -------------------- copy of abovementioned mail ----------
>> to: R-windows at r-project.org
>> subject: problem with special characters (Ã¤,Ã¶,Ã¼)
>> Dear Developers!
>> Using special characters I found a strange behaviour in R 2.0.1 and equally
>> R : Copyright 2004, The R Foundation for Statistical Computing
>> Version 2.0.1 (2004-11-15), ISBN 3-900051-07-0
>> Operating System: Windows 98SE
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>> with best wishes
>> Heinz TÃ¼chler
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