[Rd] R CMD check should check date in description
h.wickham at gmail.com
Fri Apr 4 21:54:06 CEST 2008
> I recently thought about this. I see several issues.
> * How can we determine if it is "old"? Relative to the time when the
> package was uploaded to a repository?
> * Some developers might actually want a different date for a variety of
> reasons ...
> * What we currently say in R-exts is
> The optional `Date' field gives the release date of the current
> version of the package. It is strongly recommended to use the
> yyyy-mm-dd format conforming to the ISO standard.
> Many packages do not comply with the latter (but I have some code to
> sanitize most of these), and "release date" may be a moving target.
> The best that I could think of is to teach R CMD build to *add* a Date
> field if there was none.
That sounds like a good solution to me. Otherwise, maybe just a
message from R CMD check? i.e. just like failing the codetools
checks, it might be perfectly ok, but you should be doing it
consciously, not by mistake.
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