[Rd] Should CRAN accept packages with non-R code that transcompiles into R code?

Gabriel Becker g@bembecker @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Tue Mar 5 00:52:24 CET 2019

Abs (?),

I have thought about and have (somewhere "up near the top" of my todo list)
prototyping a preprocessor for R, and I have relevant code that emits
(transpiles, in a way) structured comments into S4 code in

All that said, until/unless the preprocessor is officially part of the R
CMD build step, what putting code like that on CRAN would look like is you
keep the raw code in /inst somewhere, and you do the emitting of R code
into R/ before building the tarball for submitting. And if you do that CRAN
will hav eno problem accepting such a package provided it isn't disallowed
in some other way.


On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 3:28 PM Abs Spurdle <spurdle.a using gmail.com> wrote:

> It may be possible to create an R-like programming language that
> transcompiles into R code (or otherwise constructs R objects and calls
> R functions).
> I'm not sure whether it would pass R check or not, I will probably try...
> But the bigger question is:
> Should CRAN accept packages written in such a way?
> I could email Kurt Hornik or Uwe Ligges, and ask them.
> However, I thought that I would ask here first.
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