Re: [Rd] Making a patch

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca>
Date: Mon 24 Jul 2006 - 10:32:03 GMT

On 7/23/2006 6:04 PM, Andrew Robinson wrote:
> Dear R developers,
>
> is there a preferred format or strategy for making a patch to
> contribute to a package that is maintained by R-core? Berwin Turlach
> and I have written a very minor extension to lmeControl to allow it to
> pass an argument to nlminb for the maximum number of evaluations of
> the objective function. I've edited the nlme/R/lme.R and
> nlme/man/lmeControl.Rd files. I can diff the files, but the options
> seem numerous. I haven't been able to find any hinst on the preferred
> approach. Any advice would be welcomed.

Gregor pointed out a description of the suggested format. But the strategy is also important: in order for your patch to be incorporated, you need to convince someone to accept it. To do that, you should post the following sort of information along with your patch:

You should also make sure your patch is complete, e.g. if it changes lmeControl, then you should also include a patch to the documentation for lmeControl.

Duncan Murdoch



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