[Bioc-devel] About the reproducibility of BioC server environment

Martin Morgan mtmorg@n@bioc @ending from gm@il@com
Tue Nov 6 16:17:28 CET 2018

Thanks for the comments.

A docker image doesn't help with differences between operating systems.

A docker image wouldn't be practical for the build system, where there are 1000's of packages installed.

A docker image would need to be updated daily, since that is what the build system does; you would need to pull the docker image.

A docker image with appropriate R and base packages is available; see https://bioconductor.org/help/docker/ but note that these require that your own dependencies be installed and kept current.

Windows builds and tests on 32 and 64 bit platforms, so can take a lot more time; it is difficult to differentiate between this sort of problem and timeouts caused by OS-specific or package issues.

Usually avoidable problems come about because the wrong version of Bioconductor is in use, or because packages are not current. These can be checked with

  BiocManager::version() == "3.9" # alternate: BiocManager:::isDevel()

In the big picture I hope that we can arrive at a more continuous version of the builders, but that will not happen soon.


On 11/6/18, 8:37 AM, "Bioc-devel on behalf of 露崎 弘毅" <bioc-devel-bounces using r-project.org on behalf of k.t.the-answer using hotmail.co.jp> wrote:

    Dear Bioc Core Team
    I have created many Bioconductor packages, but it is always hard to pass the R CMD CHECK/BiocCheck.
    Especially, it is still difficult to construct the identical environment of single/daily package builder in the local machine.
    Sometimes the error is caused by the difference of the OS (e.g. Windows ↔︎ Linux, Max), but it is very difficult to trace the reason in the local machine.
    In the "daily" package builder case, the code can be tested only one time per day, and it will slow down the package development speed.
    I have often experienced that the BiocCheck in tokay1 (Windows) is failed due to the CheckTime, but it is difficult to distinguish whether the error is caused by my source-code or the machine is just busy for the task of other packages.
    Why don't you create the docker containers for the single/daily package builder?
    I think that it will be very helpful for many BioC developers.
    I want to use the system like below.
    docker run bioconductor/single_windows
    docker run bioconductor/single_linux
    docker run bioconductor/single_mac
    docker run bioconductor/daily_windows
    docker run bioconductor/daily_linux
    docker run bioconductor/daily_mac
    Koki Tsuyuzaki
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