Re: [Rd] Can DESCRIPTION Maintainer: field contain general URL instead of only email address?

From: Kasper Daniel Hansen <>
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2008 14:49:17 -0700

Why don't you just give a company email address? Remember this email address is to contact the maintainer. Contacting the maintainer is not only done in order to request support, it could be a copy right issue, code re-use request etc - although I do agree that most emails are probably support requests.


On Oct 3, 2008, at 11:01 , William Dunlap wrote:

> Our firm would like to route support requests through
> a website instead of using email. However R will refuse
> to install a package if DESCRIPTION's Maintainer field
> does not have a valid email adress or the special value
> "ORPHANED". (The check is done with
> tools:::.valid_maintainer_field_regexp.)
> I imagine a typical Maintainer line for the package "foo"
> might be something like
> Maintainer: Amalgamated Widget's Support Team
> <>
> How much does the package system (or CRAN) depend on
> the Maintainer field being an email address? I can imagine
> programs would find mailing to an address easier than
> dealing with a website, but humans would have a better experience
> with a well designed website. Perhaps we could add an optional
> %s field to the website so a program could post a small message.
> Bill Dunlap
> TIBCO Spotfire Inc.
> wdunlap
> ______________________________________________
> mailing list
> mailing list Received on Fri 03 Oct 2008 - 22:01:15 GMT

Archive maintained by Robert King, hosted by the discipline of statistics at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Archive generated by hypermail 2.2.0, at Sat 04 Oct 2008 - 07:30:16 GMT.

Mailing list information is available at Please read the posting guide before posting to the list.

list of date sections of archive