Re: [R] prehistoric versions of R --> 1995!

From: Paul Gilbert <pgilbert_at_bank-banque-canada.ca>
Date: Wed 08 Feb 2006 - 03:53:00 EST

Martin Maechler wrote:

>>>>>>"UweL" == Uwe Ligges <ligges@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
>>>>>> on Tue, 07 Feb 2006 08:56:10 +0100 writes:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>
> UweL> Petr Pikal wrote:
> >> Hi
> >>
> >> On 6 Feb 2006 at 15:57, ivo welch wrote:
> >>
> >> Date sent: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 15:57:30 -0500
> >> From: ivo welch <ivowel@gmail.com>
> >> To: Sean Davis <sdavis2@mail.nih.gov>
> >> Copies to: piet.vanremortel@gmail.com, r-help <r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch>
> >> Subject: Re: [R] R loop
> >>
> >>
> >>>>> data[ data$a == "name2" ] # does not work and gives a weird
> >>>>> result, yuck
> >>>>
> >>>> data[data$a=="name2",]
> >>>>
> >>>
> >>> sorry about this. I believe a few versions back, one could not subset
> >>> data frames, so I did not even check what I wrote. Works now.
> >>
> >>
> >> It depends on what you consider few versions back. I started with R
> >> vesion 1.2.0 about 10 years
>
> UweL> I bet 200$ (or EUR) you have not used R 10 years ago. ;-)
>
>
Is that an open bet or just for Petr?

> UweL> People certainly remember the 1.0.0 release at the remarkable day
> UweL> 29-FEB-2000.
> UweL> 1.2.0 was released in December 2000, about 5 years ago.
> UweL> I started with 0.62.x in 1998.
> UweL> The oldest version I found on CRAN is a pre-alpha R.sea.hqx for the Mac
> UweL> dated 07-Nov-1996.
>
>Eehm; that has a wrong date (or then it would not be pre-alpha):
>I've always entertained the prehistoric directory of R sources
>at ftp://stat.ethz.ch/Software/R/alpha/PreHistoric/
>and its oldest file is
> Name Size Date
> R-0.1alpha.tar.gz 861464 Feb 12 1996
>
>
I'm pretty sure I was using R 0.16 in the fall of 1996 on Linux, which was when I got dse largely converted from S. I had a slightly earlier version in the spring of 1996 on Solaris. (I think the numbering would have been 0.11 -0.15 in the spring of 1996.) I don't think the numbering was the same on other platforms.

>(which will be 10 years coming Sunday -- what a jubilee!!)
>So, even that is not pre-alpha; and yes, that was a bit before CRAN existed.
>
>Now to the pre-alpha history. I've digged some more and found
>
>1) that the mac file mentioned above would have
> correct date 'Nov 6 1995' (at least that's the date I saved
> when I looked at the Auckland FTP server through Emacs ange-ftp).
>
>2) The oldest stuff that I have is all from 1995;
> The source I (think I) had first used is dated June 20 1995;
> notably the R-unix-src.tar.gz with accompanying README and
> INSTALL files
> (There was also ./win subdirectory which I did not use, with
> files all from July 15, 1995; AFAIK done by Robert Gentleman)
>
> I've now put a bit of these oldest files into
> ftp://stat.ethz.ch/Software/R/alpha/PreHistoric/pre-alpha/
>
>3) I've kept an e-mail that Ross had sent me on July 28 with
> two small patches to the (June 20) sources.
>
> Yes, chances are pretty high that I was the first one outside
> of the Auckland(NZ)-community to actively use R.
>
>
I wouldn't be really sure of that (but it's a fair bet).

>
>Note it might be interesting to find even older sources, but that
>would most probably have to be by Robert and Ross (or a
>sysadmin at Auckland).
>
>
I used to have some floppy disks somewhere...

Paul Gilbert

>
>Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich
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