[Rcpp-devel] [ANN] Rcpp 0.10.4

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Tue Jun 25 03:32:19 CEST 2013

Rcpp 0.10.4 is now on CRAN. A short blog post is at


and included as text (without links, obviously) below.

Besides a fairly large number of fixes (many motivated or contributed by Rcpp
users from this list -- so a big Thank You!) this release also announces the
planned removal of the old RCPP_FUNCTION_* macros.  In case you use them,
consider the (much better in our view) alternatives.

Thanks,  Dirk

   Rcpp 0.10.4                                                  
   A new version of Rcpp is now on the CRAN network for GNU R;  
   binaries for Debian have been uploaded as well.              
   This release brings a fairly large number of fixes and       
   improvements across a number of Rcpp features, see below for 
   the detailed list.                                           
   We are also announcing with this release that we plan to     
   phase out the RCPP_FUNCTION_* macros. Not only have they     
   been superceded by Rcpp Modules and Rcpp Atributes (each of  
   which has its own pdf vignette in the Rcpp package), but     
   they also appear to be at best lightly used. We are for      
   example not aware of any CRAN packages deploying them. To    
   provide a smooth transition, we are aiming to keep them      
   around for another twelve months, but plan to remove them    
   with the first release after that time window has passed.    
   As before, we tested the release rather rigorously by        
   checking against all packages I could (relatively easily)    
   built on my server: this time it covered 91 of the 124 CRAN  
   packages depending on Rcpp. As all of these 91 packages      
   passed their checks, we do not expect any issues with        
   dependent packages.                                          
   The complete NEWS entry for 0.10.4 is below; more details    
   are in the ChangeLog file in the package and on the Rcpp     
   Changelog page.                                              
       Changes in Rcpp version 0.10.4 (2013-06-23)              
       * Changes in R code: None beyond those detailed for Rcpp 
       * Changes in Rcpp attributes:                            
            * Fixed problem whereby the interaction between the 
              gc and the RNGScope destructor could cause a      
            * Don't include package header file in generated    
              C++ interface header files.                       
            * Lookup plugins in inline package if they aren't   
              found within the Rcpp package.                    
            * Disallow compilation for files that don't have    
              extensions supported by R CMD SHLIB               
       * Changes in Rcpp API:                                   
            * The DataFrame::create set of functions has been   
              reworked to just use List::create and feed to the 
              DataFrame constructor                             
            * The operator-() semantics for Date and Datetime   
              are now more inline with standard C++ behaviour;  
              with thanks to Robin Girard for the report.       
            * RNGScope counter now uses unsigned long rather    
              than int.                                         
            * Vector<*>::erase(iterator, iterator) was fixed.   
              Now it does not remove the element pointed by     
              last (similar to what is done on stl types and    
              what was intended initially). Reported on         
              Rcpp-devel by Toni Giorgino.                      
            * Added equality operator between elements of       
       * Changes in Rcpp sugar:                                 
            * New function na_omit based on the StackOverflow   
            * New function is_finite and is_infinite that       
              reproduces the behavior of R's is.finite and      
              is.infinite functions                             
       * Changes in Rcpp build tools:                           
            * Fix by Martyn Plummer for Solaris in handling of  
            * The src/Makevars file can now optionally override 
              the path for /usr/bin/install_name_tool which is  
              used on OS X.                                     
            * Vignettes are trying harder not to be built in    
       * Changes in Rcpp documentation:                         
            * Updated the bibliography in Rcpp.bib (which is    
              also sourced by packages using Rcpp).             
            * Updated the THANKS file.                          
       * Planned Deprecation of RCPP_FUNCTION_*:                
            * The set of macros RCPP_FUNCTION_ etc ... from the 
              preprocessor_generated.h file will be deprecated  
              in the next version of Rcpp, i.e they will still  
              be available but will generate some warning in    
              addition to their expected behavior.              
            * In the first release that is at least 12 months   
              after this announcement, the macros will be       
              removed from Rcpp.                                
            * Users of these macros (if there are any) should   
              start replacing them with more up to date code,   
              such as using Rcpp attributes or Rcpp modules.    
   Thanks to CRANberries, you can also look at a diff to the    
   previous release 0.10.3. As always, even fuller details are  
   on the Rcpp Changelog page and the Rcpp page which also      
   leads to the downloads, the browseable doxygen docs and zip  
   files of doxygen output for the standard formats. A local    
   directory has source and documentation too. Questions,       
   comments etc should go to the rcpp-devel mailing list off    
   the R-Forge page                                             
                                    /code/rcpp | permanent link 

Dirk Eddelbuettel | edd at debian.org | http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com

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