Re: [Rd] Re: Packages and Libraries (was: Re: lme4 "package" etc

From: A.J. Rossini <>
Date: Wed 09 Feb 2005 - 16:43:32 EST

On Tue, 8 Feb 2005 23:05:20 +0000 (GMT), Prof Brian Ripley <> wrote:
> On Tue, 8 Feb 2005 wrote:
> [...]
> > But, a propos, is there an R entity called a "library"
> > (other than the command) as distinct from a "package"?
> Yes. That is what the argument 'lib.loc' to library() and other functions
> refers to.
> A 'library' is a collection of packages stored in one directory.
> library("pkg") means `go to one or more libraries, find package pkg and
> load it up'

And this is the problem, that the description doesn't clearly match the specification.

One might easily expect that library("pkg") implies use library "pkg" for further package loading.

It's almost too bad that libraries weren't books, with packages being chapters, or libraries being postOffices, with packages being packages, or packages being libraries, with libraries being cities or libraries being libraries, with packages being books.

But the current mess wastes a good bit of time aggravating people who want things just so, responding to people who are just careless.


"Commit early,commit often, and commit in a repository from which we can easily
roll-back your mistakes" (AJR, 4Jan05).

A.J. Rossini

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