Fri, 03 Dec 2021

littler 0.3.15 on CRAN: Package Updates

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The sixteenth release of littler as a CRAN package just landed, following in the now fifteen year history (!!) as a package started by Jeff in 2006, and joined by me a few weeks later.

littler is the first command-line interface for R as it predates Rscript. It allows for piping as well for shebang scripting via #!, uses command-line arguments more consistently and still starts faster. It also always loaded the methods package which Rscript only started to do in recent years.

littler lives on Linux and Unix, has its difficulties on macOS due to yet-another-braindeadedness there (who ever thought case-insensitive filesystems as a default were a good idea?) and simply does not exist on Windows (yet – the build system could be extended – see RInside for an existence proof, and volunteers are welcome!). See the FAQ vignette on how to add it to your PATH. A few examples are highlighted at the Github repo, as well as in the examples vignette.

This release brings a more robust and featureful install2.r script (thanks to Gergely Daróczi), corrects some documentation typos (thanks to John Kerl), and now compacts pdf vignette better when using the build.r helper. It also one more updates the URLs for the two RStudio downloaders, and adds a simplermarkdown wrapper. Next, we removed the YAML file (and badge) for the disgraced former continuous integration service we shall not name (yet that we all used to use). And, following digest two days ago and drat yesterday, we converted the vignettes from using the minidown package to the (fairly new) simplermarkdown package which is so much more appropriate for our use of the minimal water.css style.

The full change description follows.

Changes in littler version 0.3.15 (2021-12-03)

  • Changes in examples

    • The install2 script can select download methods, and cope with errors from parallel download (thanks to Gergely Daroczi)

    • The build.r now uses both as argument to --compact-vignettes

    • The RStudio download helper were once again updated for changed URLs

    • New caller for simplermarkdown::mdweave_to_html

  • Changes in package

    • Several typos were correct (thanks to John Kerl)

    • Travis artifacts and badges have been pruned

    • Vignettes now use simplermarkdown

My CRANberries service provides a comparison to the previous release. Full details for the littler release are provided as usual at the ChangeLog page, and also on the package docs website. The code is available via the GitHub repo, from tarballs and now of course also from its CRAN page and via install.packages("littler"). Binary packages are available directly in Debian as well as soon via Ubuntu binaries at CRAN thanks to the tireless Michael Rutter.

Comments and suggestions are welcome at the GitHub repo.

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