The nineteenth release of littler as a CRAN package landed this morning, following in the now seventeen year history (!!) as a package started by Jeff in 2006, and joined by me a few weeks later.
is the first command-line interface for R as it predates
Rscript. It allows for piping as well for shebang
#!, uses command-line arguments more
consistently and still starts
faster. It also always loaded the
methods package which
Rscript only began to do in recent years.
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
This release is somewhat unique is not having any maintenance of the
small core but rather focussing exclusively on changes to the (many !!)
scripts collected in
We added new ones and extended several existing ones including
install2.r thanks to patches by @eitsupi. Of the new scripts, I already
tttl.r quite a bit for tests on co-maintained packages
testthat (but as I have made known before my heart
belongs firmly to
tinytest as nobody should need thirty-plus
recursive dependencies to run a few test predicates) as well as the
installRub.r to directly add r-universe Ubuntu binaries
onto an r2u systems as
demonstrated in a first
tweet (and corresponding toot) this week.
The full change description follows.
Changes in littler version 0.3.18 (2023-03-25)
Changes in examples scripts
roxy.rcan now set an additional
getRStudioServer.rhave updated default download file
r2u.rnow has a
tt.rremoves a redundant
tttl.rhas been added for
installRub.rhas been added to install r-universe binaries on Ubuntu
install2.rhas updated error capture messages (Tatsuya Shima and Dirk in #104)
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
packages are available directly in Debian (currently in ‘experimental’
due to a release freeze) as well as (in a day or two) Ubuntu binaries at
CRAN thanks to the tireless Michael Rutter — and of course via r2u following its next
Comments and suggestions are welcome at the GitHub repo.
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