[Rd] adapt package missing because of licensing issue: fix?

From: Ben Bolker <bolker_at_ufl.edu>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 17:25:00 -0500

  I think this is probably known by someone, but I wanted to ask/comment:

  The 'adapt' package has been removed from CRAN because of an 'unclear' license. That makes sense, but it actually took a bit of digging for me to discover that, and if I had been a student I might not have figured it out. The package is simply missing from the CRAN compiled packages page; I did find information in the check summaries; but I didn't get a clear indication until I found

http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/adapt/index.html

 by googling (which also gave me a handy link to the archives).

https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-sig-fedora/2009-June/000078.html http://packages.debian.org/changelogs/pool/main/a/adapt/adapt_1.0-4-3/r-cran-adapt.copyright

  give a little more information.

  library(findFn); sos("multidimensional+integration") found the cubature package for me, which looks like a pretty good replacement but which I haven't tried out yet.

  My real question: has anyone actually tried to contact the authors and find out if they are willing to put the code under a suitably redistributable license? I can't find anything that suggests that they *don't* want it redistributed ... ? Would it be helpful if I did this, or is this the sort of thing the package maintainer should do?

Mike Meyer: mikem_at_andrew.cmu.edu
Alan Genz: Genz_at_gauss.math.wsu.edu

  cheers
    Ben Bolker

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