Re: [Rd] mapply() gives seg fault (PR#8332)

From: François Pinard <>
Date: Mon 21 Nov 2005 - 02:45:47 GMT

[Peter Dalgaard]

> Looks like Brian already fixed it in r-patched. Seems like this was
> after your message, so I'd better skip the snide remark about how to
> be an even better citizen.... ;-)

:-). Yet, there are limits to perfection! I maintained some software for many, many years, and witnessed a change in mentalities over time, not always to my pleasure. There was a time when user reports, would they be about programming bugs, documentation weaknesses, or mere suggestions, were received as worth contributions, deserving a friendly replies. Nowadays, some maintainers went ferocious, putting no end to the flurry of bug trackers, wikis, chat rooms, reviewing committees, Web forms, they want us to learn and go by, each maintainer his own set.

While I understand and appreciate that maintainers' time is precious, mine is not totally insignificant. Some equilibrium, common sense and civility is needed! I would dare a spurious report, if I guess it would take no more than a few dozen seconds to cross-check at the other end, if this spares me hours of learning or preparation. The alternative is either being shy to the point of not contributing, or else, embracing only very few software packages as if they were jealous religions.

The R developers group seems reasonable so far that I could see, for the year or so I've been reading the exchanges. A few gurus regularly do remind others about posting guidelines, and the need of prior research. Despite some are a bit stiff at times, they always acted with civility.

François Pinard

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