[Rd] CRAN policies
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Mar 27 13:52:42 CEST 2012
CRAN has for some time had a policies page at
and we would like to draw this to the attention of package maintainers.
In particular, please
- always send a submission email to CRAN at r-project.org with the package
name and version on the subject line. Emails sent to individual members
of the team will result in delays at best.
- run R CMD check --as-cran on the tarball before you submit it. Do
this with the latest version of R possible: definitely R 2.14.2,
preferably R 2.15.0 RC or a recent R-devel. (Later versions of R are
able to give better diagnostics, e.g. for compiled code and especially
on Windows. They may also have extra checks for recently uncovered
Also, please note that CRAN has a very heavy workload (186 packages were
published last week) and to remain viable needs package maintainers to
make its life as easy as possible.
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