[Rd] Internet access and R CMD make check-devel

Thomas J. Leeper tho@j|eeper @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Mon Oct 5 21:42:56 CEST 2020

Thanks, Gabe and Gabor.

In my case it causes a non-zero status and fails the check-devel step.

I’ll definitely fall back to modifying the code but it doesn’t seem like
this is exactly the intended behavior of the tests.


El El lun, 5 oct 2020 a las 19:42, Gabriel Becker <gabembecker using gmail.com>

> Thomas,
> In my experience, as pointed out also by Gabor, its often part of the
> devops build process to remove/comment out these tests or otherwise modify
> them so that they will pass (if they SHOULD pass) in your environment.
> That said, a quick look at the Makefile does suggest that failing on the
> internet tests should be "allowed" and not cause the whole process to
> return a non-zero value.
> I don't have time right this second to test this though. Is that not the
> behavior you're seeing in practice? Or do the tests hang so the process
> never completes, or...?
> Best,
> ~G
> On Mon, Oct 5, 2020 at 9:49 AM Thomas J. Leeper <thosjleeper using gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I am trying to install R on CentOS (either 7 or 8, behavior is the
>> same) in an environment behind a firewall and while I am able to run:
>> R CMD make check
>> I am unable to run:
>> R CMD make check-devel
>> These latter tests fail. The failure occurs in the internet access
>> if() conditional statement in these two tests:
>> https://svn.r-project.org/R/trunk/tests/internet.R
>> https://svn.r-project.org/R/trunk/tests/internet2.R
>> In my environment, nsl("cran.r-project.org") returns a valid, non-null
>> value but subsequent commands in those test files do not successfully
>> access the internet.
>> I'd like to be able to run the full test suite given I am building
>> from source. I'm wondering if it's possible to make these conditionals
>> more strict so that the conditional tests internet access in a manner
>> more similar to how internet access is used in the tests. Would this
>> be possible? Or, make tests that require internet access into a
>> distinct `check-internet` or similar?
>> As an additional reference, the same conditional statement appears to
>> also be used in these other tests:
>> https://svn.r-project.org/R/trunk/tests/CRANtools.R
>> https://svn.r-project.org/R/trunk/tests/libcurl.R
>> Thanks,
>> -Thomas
>> Thomas J. Leeper
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