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 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!). See the FAQ vignette on how to add it to your
This release mostly responds to the recent docopt release 0.7.0 which brought a breaking change for quoted arguments. In short, it is for the better because an option
--as-cran is now available parsed as
opt$as_cran which is easier than the earlier form where we needed to back-tick protect
as-cran containing an underscore. We also added a new portmanteau-ish option to
NEWS file entry is below.
Changes in littler version 0.3.11 (2020-06-26)
Changes in examples
rcc.rupdated to reflect updated docopt 0.7.0 behaviour of quoted arguments
roxy.rscript has a new ease-of-use option
-f | --fullregrouping two other options.
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 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.