Re: [Rd] request for R-exts addition

From: Martin Maechler <maechler_at_stat.math.ethz.ch>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:17:44 +0200

>>>>> Ben Bolker <bbolker_at_gmail.com>
>>>>> on Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:06:01 -0400 writes:

> would it be possible / make sense to copy some of the
> information in ?news into the R-exts manual, where package
> writers are most likely (?) to look for it?

sure...

> The information therein seems more appropriate for the
> extensions manual ...

you mean when we (R core) add extensions to package handling, Rd syntax, the C API, ... and only report it in NEWS instead of also updating the R Extensions manual? Well, that happens as you can imagine.

In some cases, the entry in NEWS will say that a feature is experimental, so we don't want to document it yet "in stone", as we expect the details to change.

But apart from those, I'm sure it will also happen otherwise, since most of R core have more fun writing code than manuals .... but when we are "called to duty" we typically eventually oblige ;-)

So, yes indeed, it makes very much sense to keep the manual as up-to-date as possible, and some of us consider the manual to be an important part of R's source tarball.

So, patches and even other (concrete!) proposals for improvement are welcome.
Ideally using texinfo syntax or even better a patch towards a current version of the manual

         <Rsource>/doc/manual/R-exts.texi
from subversion, a nightly tarball, or simply

      https://svn.r-project.org/R/trunk/doc/manual/R-exts.texi

With many thanks in advance,

Martin Maechler,
ETH Zurich



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