littler is the first command-line interface for R and predates
Rscript. And it is (in my very biased eyes) better as it allows for piping as well shebang scripting via
#!, uses command-line arguments more consistently and still starts faster. It also always loaded the
methods package which
Rscript converted to rather recently.
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 where 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!).
This release brings an small update (thanks to Gergely) to scripts
installGithub.r allow more flexible setting of repositories, and fixes a minor nag from CRAN concerning
autoconf programming style.
NEWS file entry is below.
Changes in littler version 0.3.6 (2019-01-26)
Changes in examples
- The scripts
install2.rget a new option
-r | --repos(Gergely Daroczi in #67)
Changes in build system
AC_DEFINEmacro use rewritten to please R CMD check.
CRANberries provides a comparison to the previous release. Full details for the littler release are provided as usual at the ChangeLog page. The code is available via the GitHub repo, from tarballs and now of course all 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.