Re: R-alpha: R and Linux RedHat-4.1

Luke Tierney (
Wed, 26 Mar 1997 10:14:40 -0600 (CST)

From: Luke Tierney <>
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Re: R-alpha: R and Linux RedHat-4.1
To: (Martyn Plummer)
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 1997 10:14:40 -0600 (CST)
In-Reply-To: <> from "Martyn Plummer" at Mar 26, 97 10:53:35 am

> I didn't know this, but you're quite correct! It's about as illegal
> as "walking around with a scud missile under your arm". However, by
> virtue of my diplomatic status here in France I might be able use it
> (I work for the WHO. Technically I'm not on French soil as I type this).
> I'll have to ask the Administration. 
> For those people who can't use pgp it would be nice if they could
> have some confidence that binary packages had already been checked
> by someone who _can_ use it.  One solution would be to require that
> binary packages and add-ons are uploaded to the CRAN archive with a
> separate signature file. The package/signature file pair  can then
> be checked before being moved out of the "incoming" directory.  Mirror
> sites can run a cron job to check the integrity of the packages on a
> regular basis.
> This also benefits people who don't know about, or can't be bothered
> to use pgp.
> Martyn

For what it's worth, the MMM browser and plug-in for Caml applets at seems to use PGP for applet
authentication even though they are based in France. Maybe they have
worked out a way around the legal hurdles.


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