[R-pkg-devel] Changing a package's name

Michael Dewey lists at dewey.myzen.co.uk
Tue Jun 13 14:29:55 CEST 2017

Dear David

It is your package and you can choose the name you prefer. If you feel 
uncomfortable with the current one then change it. I do not think anyone 
else's opinion is relevant unless a package author picks a name that all 
right thinking people would find offensive.

On 11/06/2017 14:51, David Hugh-Jones wrote:
> Hello all,
> A short while ago I released the "huxtable" package for writing HTML and
> LaTeX tables:
> https://www.github.com/hughjonesd/huxtable
> The name seemed cute to me, but I later found out that to Americans it has
> special associations. The Huxtables were the family in the Cosby show. That
> would be fine, except that Bill Cosby is now on trial for one case of rape,
> and there are accusations of many other cases.
> So, two questions:
> * Do you think I should change the name?
> Comments welcome from Americans and others on this difficult cultural issue.
> * If I do, what's the best and least disruptive way to do it? Bear in mind
> that I have a couple of thousand users.
> My first thought would be to release an update which gives a warning about
> the future change when the package is loaded; then release a package with
> the new name and continue development on this branch.
> David
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