[Rd] testing on platforms, was Fortran error

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Mon Nov 21 16:35:25 CET 2011


On Nov 21, 2011, at 8:17 AM, John C Nash wrote:

> I think the poster is interested in being able to try the build/check on a Mac in the
> fashion that Winbuilder does. That is, rather than have CRAN do all the platform checks,
> is there a way to submit a package to be tested for just one platform?
> It may be useful to have such a facility so package builders can test before submission,
> and from my own experience I believe would help to render packages more platform neutral.

It has been discussed and there was a tentative plan (which involves getting a dedicated machine for this and R-forge builds), but nothing happened so far.

> I suspect that all the pieces are in place to do this, but perhaps a nice front end is
> needed. Is that something for a Google Summer of Code task?

Software infrastructure is not a problem. For example I have full multi-platform submission system in place for my RForge.net (since I'm building Linux, OS X and Windows).

Personally, my view is that developers should be using the existing package-based build systems (like R-forge or RForge.net). I am paranoid and thus reluctant to perform builds on my own systems for packages that have no source provenance (i.e. if I don't have an accountable registered user) - for security reasons.


> Best,
> JN
> On 11/21/2011 06:00 AM, r-devel-request at r-project.org wrote:
>> What does 'submit a test mean'?  Any test you write can check the 
>> value of Sys.info()["sysname"]: it is "Darwin" on Mac OS X.
>> Or R.version$platform, which will be something like 
>> i386-apple-darwin9.8.0.
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