[Bioc-devel] Missing vignette on my BioConductor page

Martin Morgan martin.morgan at roswellpark.org
Wed Sep 14 14:59:34 CEST 2016

On 09/14/2016 08:49 AM, Marine Rohmer wrote:
> Hi Martin, thank you so much for you answer!
> I'm not sure to have well understood what is my problem, maybe I missed
> somewhere some basic learning about how to package.
> According to "The vignette" section from "Bioconductor: Package
> guidelines" and probably other guidelines I could have read, I've
> created a .Rnw document within a "vignettes" subdirectory. It compiles
> with pdflatex. No need for knitr. I have written some code examples but
> not included "evaluated code chunks" within my .Rnw file.
> What is the problem: knitr, the code chunks, or another thing?

At the top of your file you've chosen to use knitr for compilation by 


so you have to include in the DESCRIPTION

Suggests: knitr
VignetteBuilder: knitr

Or you could remove the VignetteEngine tag if you do not wish to use 
knitr, and make no further changes.

You can test that things are working by (a) removing the pdf version of 
the vignette from the vignettes directory then (b) build the package

   R CMD build ISoLDE

you'll see

* installing the package to build vignettes
* creating vignettes ... OK

which you would not see without the changes above. You can then look in 
the resulting tarball for an inst/doc directory that will now contain 
the built vignette.

Bioconductor vignettes are required to have evaluated code chunks rather 
than 'copy-and-paste' commands. This keeps the vignette closer to 
reality than a work of fiction, and provides some confidence that the 
code is functioning at least approximately the way the author intended. 
So one getting the vignette to compile, you should replace the 
copy-paste code with real code

1  + 1

Hope that helps...


> You can find attached my vignettes subdirectory + the compiled vignette
> (pdf file).
> Thank you again for your help,
> Regards,
> Marine R.
> Le 13/09/2016 à 16:35, Martin Morgan a écrit :
>> Hi Marine -- mail sent to bioc-devel from non-subscribers is silently
>> dropped; I could not spot a subscription that might be yours, are you
>> subscribed?
>> https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/bioc-devel
>> I guess you mean the package ISoLDE. Here's the 'build' report for
>> release
>> http://bioconductor.org/checkResults/release/bioc-LATEST/ISoLDE/zin2-buildsrc.html
>> and devel
>> http://bioconductor.org/checkResults/devel/bioc-LATEST/ISoLDE/zin1-buildsrc.html
>> If the vignette were being built, it would indicate that in the
>> Command output section.
>> packages using knitr need to have Suggests: knitr and VignetteBuilder:
>> knitr in the DESCRIPTION file; make these changes to both release and
>> devel branches, bumping the version as below in devel, and to 1.0.3 in
>> release.
>> Bioconductor packages are *required* to have a 'real' vignette with
>> evaluated code chunks; the reviewer must have missed this part of the
>> review process. You'll need to update your vignette to this
>> specification, while remaining within the size and space limitations
>> in the Bioconductor guidelines
>> http://bioconductor.org/developers/package-guidelines/#correctness
>> Hope that helps, please don't hesitate to ask (preferably as a
>> subscribed member on the Bioc-devel mailing list) for any further
>> assistance.
>> ISoLDE$ svn diff
>> ===================================================================
>> --- DESCRIPTION    (revision 120902)
>> +++ DESCRIPTION    (working copy)
>> @@ -1,7 +1,7 @@
>>  Package: ISoLDE
>>  Type: Package
>>  Title: Integrative Statistics of alleLe Dependent Expression
>> -Version: 1.1.2
>> +Version: 1.1.3
>>  Date: 2015-10-29
>>  Authors at R: c( person("Christelle", "Reynès", email =
>>          "christelle.reynes at igf.cnrs.fr", role = c("aut","cre")),
>> @@ -16,6 +16,7 @@
>>  Encoding: UTF-8
>>  License: GPL (>= 2.0)
>>  Depends: R (>= 3.3.0),graphics,grDevices,stats,utils
>> +Suggests: knitr
>>  URL: www.r-project.org
>>  LazyData: no
>>  NeedsCompilation: yes
>> @@ -26,3 +27,4 @@
>>          Sequencing, RNASeq, MultipleComparison, SNP,
>>          GeneticVariability, Epigenetics, MathematicalBiology,
>>          GeneRegulation
>> +VignetteBuilder: knitr
>> Martin
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