[Bioc-devel] NotNeeded in build report RSS feeds

Antti Honkela antti.honkela at hiit.fi
Wed Jun 29 15:24:17 CEST 2016

Hi Dan,

I follow the RSS feed on Feedly and for some time now it has shown two 
updates every day: "NotNeeded in Release" and "NotNeeded in Devel". Up 
to approximately 2 months ago I only saw updates when the status 
changed, but since then there have been these two daily non-updates 
which add a lot of noise.

It seems that the whole NotNeeded thing was introduced in RSS reports 
sometime last autumn and as far as I can tell it has generated a lot of 
noise e.g. when the build machine names changes etc. but no useful 

As the NotNeeded state does not seem something a package maintainer 
needs to care about, perhaps you could ignore it when generating the RSS 
and revert to the "No build problems for X" report?



On 28 Jun 2016, at 22:16, Dan Tenenbaum wrote:

> Hi Antti,
> I'm not sure I follow. NotNeeded is a status seen in the INSTALL phase 
> of the build, and it means your package did not need to be installed 
> because no other package built by the build system depends on it.
> This status should not change from one day to the next. (It would 
> change if someone were to depend on your package.)
> But the basic behavior of the RSS feeds is supposed to be to only 
> notify you when there is a change in build status. So you should not 
> get new feeds when the build status stays the same.
> Dan
> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Antti Honkela" <antti.honkela at hiit.fi>
>> To: "bioc-devel" <bioc-devel at r-project.org>
>> Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 4:45:12 AM
>> Subject: [Bioc-devel] NotNeeded in build report RSS feeds
>> Would it be possible to change the build report RSS feed generation 
>> to
>> treat "NotNeeded" similarly as "OK"?
>> This would make the feed more useful for spotting real problems.
>> Thanks!
>> Antti
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