[R] I'd like to request that my R CRAN package is not tested on Solaris OS

Stefan Evert @te|@nML @end|ng |rom co||oc@t|on@@de
Fri Oct 22 16:30:05 CEST 2021

Just to add my personal cent to this:  I've had similar issues with an R package some time ago, which kept crashing somewhat unpredictably in the Solaris tests.

Debugging was hard because it only happened on Solaris, but in the end it turned out to be due to serious bugs in the code that only happened to surface in the Solaris tests.   I would think that it's likely to be the same for your package, so the segfaults shouldn't be accepted too readily as a platform quirk.


> On 22 Oct 2021, at 15:47, Marc Schwartz via R-help <r-help using r-project.org> wrote:
> 1. The CRAN repository policy here:
>  https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/policies.html
> notes:
> "Package authors should make all reasonable efforts to provide cross-platform portable code. Packages will not normally be accepted that do not run on at least two of the major R platforms. Cases for Windows-only packages will be considered, but CRAN may not be the most appropriate place to host them."
> That would seem to infer that, with reasonable justification, one may be able to make a request of the CRAN maintainers to exclude at least one of the OS platforms from testing. A request that would be at the discretion of the CRAN maintainers and Solaris, in light of the low market prevalence, may be a more common exclusion as you have noted below.

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