license Function in R (Example)
In this article, I’ll explain how to get the license terms under which R is distributed using the license function in R.
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Example: Return the License Terms Under which R is Distributed
This example demonstrates how to get the license terms for reference of the R programming language.
For this, we simply have to execute the license function (or licence) within R or RStudio:
license() # Apply license function # This software is distributed under the terms of the GNU General # Public License, either Version 2, June 1991 or Version 3, June 2007. # The terms of version 2 of the license are in a file called COPYING # which you should have received with # this software and which can be displayed by RShowDoc("COPYING"). # Version 3 of the license can be displayed by RShowDoc("GPL-3"). # # Copies of both versions 2 and 3 of the license can be found # at https://www.R-project.org/Licenses/. # # A small number of files (the API header files listed in # R_DOC_DIR/COPYRIGHTS) are distributed under the # LESSER GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE, version 2.1 or later. # This can be displayed by RShowDoc("LGPL-2.1"), # or obtained at the URI given. # Version 3 of the license can be displayed by RShowDoc("LGPL-3"). # # 'Share and Enjoy.'
As you can see, the license function has returned some text describing the license terms of R. Plain and simple! 🙂
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