[R] orphaned packages

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Jan 26 08:29:59 CET 2004

On Sun, 25 Jan 2004, Neil Eastep wrote:

> Are there many packages that are orphaned, and have a better "half" much 
> like bootstrap?

Not many are orphaned -- currently precisely two although one previously
orphaned has acquired a new maintainer recently.   I suspect a few more 
have non-responsive maintainers.

> Is there a listing, or directory of "recommended" packages (other than the 
> packages downloaded with the initial R install)?

It is precisely the set that come with the R distribution.

The CRAN packages page lists both the priority (possibly "recommended") 
and maintainer (possibly ORPHANED).  The daily check page


lists those as well as the result of the latest checks (although today's 
list seems missing results for the last few packages).

> Thanks,
> Neil Eastep.
> An "R" newbie
> -----------
> Prof Brian Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:
> >>Package bootstrap is orphaned, that is no longer maintained.
> >>Package boot is much more comprehensive, and a recommended
> package.
> >>That suggests to me that you always use boot: I do.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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