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 more 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!). See the FAQ vignette on how to add it to your
This release adds several new helper scripts / examples such as a Solaris-checker for rhub, a
Sweave runner, and bibtex-record printer for packages. It also extends several existing scripts:
render.r can now compact pdf files,
build.r does this for package builds,
tt.r covers parallel tinytest use,
rcc.r reports the exit code from rcmdcheck,
update.r corrects which package library directories it looks at,
kitten.r can add puppies for tinytest, and thanks to Stefan the
render.r) script use
call. correctly in
NEWS file entry is below.
Changes in littler version 0.3.9 (2019-10-27)
Changes in examples
The use of
stop()was corrected (Stefan Widgren in #72).
cos.rto check (at rhub) on Solaris.
compactpdf.rto compact pdf files.
build.rscript now compacts vignettes and resaves data.
tt.rscript now supports parallel tests and side effects.
rcc.rscript can now report error codes.
The ‘–libloc’ option to
render.rscript can optionally compact pdfs.
sweave.rto render (and compact) pdfs.
pkg2bibtex.rto show bibtex entries.
kitten.rscript has a new option
--puppyto add tinytest support in purring packages.
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.