[Rd] CRAN policies
pgilbert902 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 16:17:09 CEST 2012
One of the things I have noticed with the R 2.15.0 RC and --as-cran is
that the I have to bump the version number of the working copy of my
packages immediately after putting a version on CRAN, or I get an
message about version suitability. This is probably a good thing for
packages that I have changed, compared with my old habit of bumping the
version number at arbitrary times, although the mechanics are a nuisance
because I do not actually want to commit to the next version number at
that point. For packages that I have not changed it is a bit worse,
because I have to change the version number even though I have not yet
made any changes to the package. This will mean, for example, that on
R-forge it will look like there is a slightly newer version, even though
there is not really.
I am curious how other developers approach this. Is it better to not
specify --as-cran most of the time? My feeling is that it is better to
specify it all of the time so that I catch errors sooner rather than
later, but maybe there is a better solution?
On 12-03-27 07:52 AM, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> 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.
> Kurt Hornik
> Uwe Ligges
> Brian Ripley
> R-devel at r-project.org mailing list
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