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Re: Is tabular data in binary format acceptable for Debian ?

Am Mittwoch, den 20.01.2010, 11:22 +0100 schrieb Andreas Tille:
> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 07:07:38PM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> > this time, I disagree with you: all the above is a lot of work that I am not
> > willing to do. A user of the R software is able to do this conversion by
> > himself, so I do not see what is the added value here.
> Well, my compromise suggestion was intended to be a fallback if
> ftpmaster insists on the rejection.

I do not expect them to, as they have been very open to reasonable
arguments in the past. (At least that is my experience.) Adding HOWTOs
to README.Source is IMHO not worth the overhead it produces on the
maintainer's side. Every R user knows (well, should know) how to deal
with those files. If that's not the case, this is documented elsewhere

> I understood Ben's wording exactly this way that the R format actually
> *is* the prefered format for an R related package - so Ben (and me) are
> agreeinig with you that the source format is fine.

I understood it this way as well. Speaking as an R user, Rdata is
definitely the "preferred form of modification". You load it into R,
edit it, save it, done.

So +1 for "preferred form of modification".

Best regards

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