Re: [Rd] dos-style line endings in .Rbuildignore result in files not being excluded

From: Nathan Coulter <org.r-project.r-devel_at_pooryorick.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 17:31:48 +0000


> -------Original Message-------
> From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
> Subject: Re: [Rd] dos-style line endings in .Rbuildignore result in files not being excluded
> Sent: 2008-10-14 12:59
>
> On Tue, 14 Oct 2008, Nathan Coulter wrote:
>
> > Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> >
> >> But to the point: how often do people get DOS-style files on a
> >> Unix-alike? You have to work pretty hard to do this, and there comes a
> >> point at which complicating R to workaround wrongly encoded files is not
> >> worth the trouble. Let's see if anyone else reports having done this.
> >>
> >
> > In my experience, this is a common occurrence. Granted, foreign line
> > delimiters are less common in a configuration file like .Rbuildignore, but
> > they
> > have been the culprit more than once in package problems I have encountered.
> > think functionality like Python's universal newlines would be a big win for
> > R.
>
> But R *does* have 'universal newlines' on its connections, and has for
> many years.
>

I'm suggesting that Python might be a better choice than perl for auxiliary scripts because these details are handled under the hood.

-- 
Nathan Coulter





> -------Original Message-------
> From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
> Subject: Re: [Rd] dos-style line endings in .Rbuildignore result in files not being excluded
> Sent: 2008-10-14 12:59
>
> On Tue, 14 Oct 2008, Nathan Coulter wrote:
>
> > Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> >
> >> But to the point: how often do people get DOS-style files on a
> >> Unix-alike? You have to work pretty hard to do this, and there comes a
> >> point at which complicating R to workaround wrongly encoded files is not
> >> worth the trouble.  Let's see if anyone else reports having done this.
> >>
> >
> > In my experience, this is a common occurrence.  Granted, foreign line
> > delimiters are less common in a configuration file like .Rbuildignore, but
> > they
> > have been the culprit more than once in package problems I have encountered.
> > think functionality like Python's universal newlines would be a big win for
> > R.
>
> But R *does* have 'universal newlines' on its connections, and has for
> many years.
>
> We are talking about a Perl script here, not R.
>
> > One of the big draws in a programming language like Python is its claim to
> > being portable, and universal newlines are a critical part of that
> > functionality.  Mac-style newline delimiters are surfacing more often these
> > days as well, and the best place to sort this all out would be in the
> > built-in
> > file manipulation functions.
> > --
> > Nathan Coulter
> > Computer Programmer
> >
>
> --
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