[R-sig-Debian] Poll: Does R_PAPERSIZE in /etc/R/Renviron matter?

Gregor Gorjanc gregor.gorjanc at bfro.uni-lj.si
Tue Oct 24 09:31:10 CEST 2006

Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd <at> debian.org> writes:

> A heuristic runs via the r-base-core package postinst. It is intended
> to use the result from Debian's paperconf(1) toool, and to update the R
> environment variable R_PAPERSIZE accordingly.  This apparently broke some
> time ago when R changed to a dual variable setup, and my regexp didn't
> notice. 
> Does anybody use this, or is it ok if I simply disable this in Debian?  In
> that case we simply do what everybody else does, so you all get to live by
> the 'letter' setting that comes from my compile-time choice.  It is easy
> enough to override either in /etc/R/Renviron or in ~/.Renviron.
> Opinions either way? Let me know. For now, I intend to simply comment this
> out in the next release (presumably a rc for 2.4.1).

What it is actually used for? Living in Europe I "hate" letter, but never
noticed any effect of that setup. Uff, I have papersize="a4" in options() in
~/.Rprofile so that is probably the reason that I do not care.


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