[R-pkg-devel] Appropriate place to post about CRAN check environments etc.

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Tue Jul 21 16:46:46 CEST 2015

On 21/07/2015 9:01 AM, ProfJCNash wrote:
> There has been some disagreement on where it is appropriate to post
> questions about package checking procedures, including the building of
> the environment e.g., R-devel under Linux Mint.
> In looking at https://www.r-project.org/mail.html, it seems to me that
> the procedures belong with r-package-devel, but there doesn't seem to be
> a good home for the consequent need to build R-devel to do this. Have I
> missed the appropriate list?
> It seems to me that the volume of queries of this sort, and the success
> of WinBuilder, suggest we could seriously use similar a Linbuilder and
> MacBuilder (and possibly others). There's a lot of duplicated effort
> being wasted on the R-devel side in particular.
> Is there sufficient interest to
> - make the effort to emulate Winbuilder for Linux and/or Mac
> - coordinate the volunteer effort
> - fund/support the necessary infrastructure (it could be worth a modest
> contribution to save effort)?
> For the record, I'm willing to participate. I've managed to set up Linux
> Mint VirtualBox instances that run R current and R devel for testing,
> though I find I must do more work than I'd like to maintain things,
> likely as a result of my own limited skills.

That sounds like the sort of project the R Consortium would support.
They are just getting started, but soon they will have a committee set
up to decide on projects, and presumably soon after that will have a
process in place to solicit them.

Duncan Murdoch

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