[R] package submission

Paul Gilbert pgilbert902 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 29 22:46:43 CET 2014

> I was similarly bitten a couple of days ago when I submitted an update
> of my deldir package.  I'm*pretty*  sure that I completed all the
> requisite steps in the steps in the web-based submission procedure, but
> I never received the promised "confirmation email".  Being a thicko, I
> overlooked this fact, and started to wonder why the update never
> appeared on CRAN.  Eventually I got my act together, went over the
> instructions and re-submitted the package.  This time I got the
> confirmation email, and the update duly appeared on CRAN.
> Maybe there's a buglet in the software that effects the automated
> submission procedure.

I was similarly bitten but, paying closer attention on the second 
attempt, I suspect I thought I was finished at  "successfully uploaded" 
and I did not go all the way to the very bottom to see that I then had 
to click on submit to get the "successfully submitted" page. (Text of 
the messages from memory, so may not be exact.) Once successfully 
submitted, the email asking for confirmation is almost instantaneous.

For users like me that push the boundaries of discovering possible user 
errors, it would be helpful if the first message said "successfully 
uploaded - now read this page and submit at the bottom".


I would have said it's more likely that I
> fumble-fingered something in my initial submission attempt.  However,
> hearing that someone else has had a similar experience makes me a wee
> bit more suspicious that there's a bug.  Could be tricky to track down
> but, given that if there is a bug its effect is intermittent and rare.
> cheers,
> Rolf Turner
> P. S.  On my second try, the confirmation email arrived essentially
> instantaneously.  So I would advise package submitters:  if you don't
> get the confirmation email*right away*  then something has very likely
> gone wrong.  Check the siteftp://CRAN.R-project.org/incoming/  as
> advised and if your package ain't there, try again.
> R. T.
> On 29/11/14 09:11, Henrik Bengtsson wrote:
>> >>Fromhttp://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/policies.html:
>> >
>> >"When submitting a package to CRAN you should use the submission form
>> >athttp://CRAN.R-project.org/submit.html  (and not send an email). You
>> >will be sent a confirmation email which needs to be accepted.(*)
>> >...
>> >In either case, you can check that the submission was received by
>> >looking atftp://CRAN.R-project.org/incoming/."
>> >
>> >(*) That confirmation email is sent automatically and instantaneously.
>> >It confirms you as a maintainer and the submission (not the
>> >acceptance).
>> >
>> >/Henrik
>> >
>> >On Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 6:35 AM, Duncan Murdoch
>> ><murdoch.duncan at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> >>On 28/11/2014 9:16 AM, Dan Vatnik wrote:
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>>Hi,
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>>I am the maintainer of the "traj" package.
>>>> >>>I have added a vignette to the package this week(Wednesday) and uploaded
>>>> >>>the new tarball to CRAN.
>>>> >>>I have not yet received a confirmation e-mail.I do not know if the e-mail
>>>> >>>is sent automatically or if a person needs to approve manually. I am just
>>>> >>>wondering if I did everything correctly
>>>> >>>or if there is a mistake in my uploading procedure.
>>> >>
>>> >>
>>> >>The CRAN people make the decisions manually, so it may just be that nobody
>>> >>has got to it yet.    If you don't hear from them in a week, you might
>>> >>consider writing to the submission email address, but I wouldn't do it
>>> >>sooner than that.
> -- Rolf Turner Technical Editor ANZJS

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