[Gretl-devel] note on Rlib

Riccardo (Jack) Lucchetti r.lucchetti at univpm.it
Tue Jul 7 10:31:47 EDT 2009


On Tue, 7 Jul 2009, Allin Cottrell wrote:

> On Tue, 7 Jul 2009, Riccardo (Jack) Lucchetti wrote:
>
>> On Tue, 7 Jul 2009, Sven Schreiber wrote:
>>
>>>>>> (b) are there portability problems?
>>>
>>> Again inspired from Python Zen ("Explicit is better than implicit."),
>>> what about using some kind of "include" statement at the top of a gretl
>>> script if it uses libR? That way the dependency is not buried and hidden
>>> and the script wouldn't fail half-way through but would refuse to run
>>> right from the start if R isn't present.
>>
>> This is an _excellent_ idea. Even better than an "include", we may use
>> our "set" command. Something like
>>
>> set R_support [on|off]
>>
>> with "off" as the default. What do you guys think?
>
> Yes, this is probably a good idea.
>
> I think it's clear that we need to take some time to get this
> right.  I propose to leave Rlib interaction as a "hidden",
> experts-only, thing in 1.8.2 (and I won't yet attempt to add it to
> the Windows build).  We can figure out the details for 1.8.3.

Agreed!


Riccardo (Jack) Lucchetti
Dipartimento di Economia
Università Politecnica delle Marche

r.lucchetti at univpm.it
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