[R-SIG-Mac] Another beta for RAqua

Byron Ellis bellis at hsph.harvard.edu
Tue Jul 1 23:41:43 MEST 2003

What about a "plugin" style a la Safari Plugins, Konfabulator, etc? 
Instead of having a .pkg why not just have the libraries live in a file 
bundle (.Rpkg perhaps, you can register the extension with 
LaunchServices to get nice icons and maybe open the HTML documentation 
when it double clicks or something...) and have those live in 
~/Library/R for user installed packages (this is important for multi 
user systems or if you're using a system where you're not root, like at 
a school using a lab) and system-wide non-base packages live in 
/Library/R and base (maybe recommended) living inside the R.app bundle.

Just a thought.

On Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at 07:12  PM, Stefano Iacus wrote:

> I have added several minor features to the RAqua
> http://www.economia.unimi.it/R/
> as usual it is R-devel 1.8.0.
> I'll soon attack the problem with package installation but before this 
> I need to finish part of the GUI.
> About package installation: we would like to provide, in the near 
> future, precompiled binaries for RAqua at each release of R.
> I'm thinking about selfinstalling stuff using apple pkg structures and 
> apple installer.
> The idea is:
> 1. I build R packages on a server and make .pkg bundles
> 2. the user select a package name from a menu (like on R for Windows) 
> either on CRAN or on his/her disk
> 3. RAqua simply "opens" (double click action) on this file
> 4. the installer starts, an admin pwd is required.
> Are there any other ideas/solutions before I start along this route?
> (This can be done for Darwin/X11 R as well, but this is not a 
> priority.)
> Another thing: I need someone able to design a new icon for the RAqua 
> launcher. Actually both StartR and RAqua (the true R) has the same 
> icon and you can see two icons of R on the dock when R is running. I 
> would like to change the StartR icon. Any volunteer?
> stefano
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Byron Ellis (bellis at hsph.harvard.edu)
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