[R-pkg-devel] Require <package>-package.Rd?

Joris Meys Jor|@@Mey@ @end|ng |rom ugent@be
Tue Sep 24 14:29:15 CEST 2019

Dear Dr. Vichtbauer,

I'm not a CRAN member, but I personally think this is a sensible
requirement. I try to include those in every package myself, even if it's
only to direct people to a vignette.

That said, I do look for vignettes first when I encounter an unfamiliar
package actually. That format gives more possibilities for giving a good
introduction to the package imho.

My humble 2 cents

On Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 2:17 PM Viechtbauer, Wolfgang (SP) <
wolfgang.viechtbauer using maastrichtuniversity.nl> wrote:

> Hi All,
> When starting to work with an unfamiliar package, one might typically look
> for vignettes, a paper/book accompanying the package, a package website,
> and of course the help files themselves, but
> help(package="<package>")
> is often not so useful -- such a listing of functions (with titles) might
> not clarify what the main 'workhorses' of the package are and how to get
> started. Personally, the first thing I do is try:
> help(<package>)
> in the hopes that the package author(s) have created a
> <package>-package.Rd file to get new users started (or to point them to
> appropriate places to get going). In my experience, if such a package help
> file is available, it is tremendously useful.
> Unfortunately, many packages do not provide a <package>-package.Rd file. I
> am curious how others and CRAN members would feel about making this a
> requirement (not retrospectively, but at least for new / resubmissions).
> Best,
> Wolfgang
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