[R] The "--slave" option

Benjamin Lang benj@m|n@|@ng @end|ng |rom crg@eu
Wed Sep 18 08:00:00 CEST 2019

Dear R project,

I have a very simple question:

How, in late 2019, is there an option called "--slave" to "make R run as
quietly as possible"?

Let me reiterate that it is 2019, i.e. "The Future", rather than 1970 when
R was presumably developed, based on its atrocious syntax, documentation
and usability (I think I only need to say "NaN", "NULL", and "NA").

This is a disgrace and it should have been addressed one or two decades
ago. Why not just "--quiet"?

Please do not mention "backwards compatibility". For the historically
inclined, it does not make much of a difference whether the term evokes the
Roman, Greek, American or modern kind of slavery for you: it is as
disgusting as it gets.

Thank you,

Benjamin Lang, PhD

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (MSCA-IF)
Gene Function and Evolution (Dr. Gian Tartaglia)
Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain

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