[Rd] R-1.4.1 scheduled for Jan 30

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu, 24 Jan 2002 15:35:39 +0000 (GMT)

On Thu, 24 Jan 2002, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 24, 2002 at 01:32:31PM +0100, Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:
> > Those of you that have unusual platforms could be doing us a favour if
> > you try building snapshot versions and report back if there are
> > problems.
> I could make a snapshot Debian release which would then be thrown at the
> twelve distinct architectures Debian supports. On the other hand, 1.4.0
> already builds on 9 of these as shown on
>    http://buildd.debian.org/build.php?pkg=r-base
> As I presume no fixes were made to correct the mips and mipsel failures,
> would such a snapshot release really provide incremental information?

Some, yes.  Sometimes fixes for one platform break another.  As a real
example, Rinternals.h was causing two C++-based compilers to object.
I changed a couple of declarations to a form that Metrowerks was known to
accept, and it passed on four others.  Then Luke found HP-UX's C compiler
objected, and had to change it again.

I really don't know how much independent evidence Debian's different
architectures provides, but my guess is that no else will be able to check
a 64-bit Linux.

Does that inform a cost-benefit analysis for you?

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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