Re: [Rd] why is \alias{anRpackage} not mandatory?

From: hadley wickham <>
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008 07:59:58 -0500

>> - there are lots of packages without one, so this would create a lot of
>> work for people to add them.
> No, I don't think that this is too much work. Positively speaking, it's one
> small contribution to bring more light into the exponentially growing
> haystack.

It may not be much work for you, but I find any additional requirements to the package format to be a real pain. I have ~10 packages on CRAN and having to go through and add this extra information all at once is a big hassle. R releases tend to happen in the middle of the US academic semester when I have a lot of other things on my plate.

Additionally, I find that rdoc is the wrong format for lengthy explanation and exposition - a pdf is much better - and I think that the packages already have a abstract: the description field in DESCRIPTION. The main problem with vignettes at the moment is that they must be sweave, a format which I don't really like. I wish I could supply my own pdf + R code file produced using whatever tools I choose.



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