[R] The "--slave" option

Rolf Turner r@turner @end|ng |rom @uck|@nd@@c@nz
Thu Sep 19 01:10:09 CEST 2019

On 18/09/19 6:00 PM, Benjamin Lang wrote:

> 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".

Personally I much prefer backwards compatibility to political correctness.

> 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.

IMHO this is a precious PC quibble, taking offence where no offence is 

If you are really concerned about literal slavery --- as everyone should 
be --- then join/contribute to an appropriate activist organisation 
(e.g. Amnesty International, which is my personal choice).


Rolf Turner

Honorary Research Fellow
Department of Statistics
University of Auckland
Phone: +64-9-373-7599 ext. 88276

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