[R] Differences between package and library terminology

Dr Carbon drcarbon at gmail.com
Wed Mar 2 15:16:08 CET 2005

If you believe the fortunes package (or is it library) then your
answer is contained therein:

Zhu Wang: I am trying to create a library which uses some Fortran
source files [...]

Douglas Bates: Someone named Martin Maechler will shortly be sending
you email regarding the distinction between 'library' and 'package'

Zhu Wang and Douglas Bates;NA;R-help;May 2004

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch
> [mailto:r-help-bounces at stat.math.ethz.ch]On Behalf Of Adaikalavan
> Ramasamy
> Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2005 8:43 AM
> To: R-help
> Subject: [R] Differences between package and library terminology
> Just out of curiosity, what is the difference between the terms for
> package and library ?  Why are we loading a package with the library()
> command ?
> If this is a case of RTFM, I would be happy to do so if pointed in the
> right direction. I have searched the FAQ and mail archives and only came
> up with http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/help/05/02/12162.html but this
> still does not explain what is the requirement/features of a package vs.
> library.
> Does this question not qualify to be included in the FAQs.
> Thank you
> Regards, Adai
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