R-alpha: personal libraries -- why not use same UI as S-plus [i.e. lib.loc]?

Martin Maechler (maechler@stat.math.ethz.ch)
Fri, 13 Dec 96 11:46:50 +0100


Date: Fri, 13 Dec 96 11:46:50 +0100
Message-Id: <9612131046.AA14698@>
From: Martin Maechler <maechler@stat.math.ethz.ch>
To: R-testers@stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: R-alpha: personal libraries -- why not use same UI as S-plus [i.e. lib.loc]?

Given recent proposal (of Kurt I think) about making
library(.) not only search in $RHOME,

I think we could well adopt the "UI" of S-plus,
(which we have been using quite a while here, in order to have
 our own libraries always available even when S-plus versions change...).

This went over S-news yesterday:

>> ------- Start of forwarded message -------
>> From: kendall@nceas.ucsb.edu (Bruce Kendall)
>> Date: Thu, 12 Dec 1996 14:19:26 -0800
>> To: Snews <s-news@utstat.toronto.edu>
>> Subject: personal libraries
>> 
>> Thanks to all the folks who answered my question about accessing personal
>> library collections with the library() command.  Charles Kincaid gave a nice
>> summary:
>> 
>>     If you have the book of inestimable value that is
>>     lovingly known as "the yellow book", i.e. Venables & Ripley's Modern
>>     Applied Statistics in S-plus, then they explain how to do this for their
>>     libraries.
>>         If you look at the documentation for the library function, then it
>>     outlines these details also.  Essentially, you can assign the path to the
>>     library as a value to "lib.loc" in database 0.  For example,
>> 
>>         > assign(where=0, "lib.loc", "/path/to/my/library")
>> 
>>     The optimal place for this is in your .First function.  Then you can just
>>     use the library command as usual.
>> 
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