[R-pkg-devel] .tar vs. binary builds

Glenn Schultz glennmschultz at me.com
Tue Aug 4 13:28:03 CEST 2015

Hi Duncan,
I plan to submit it to CRAN at some point it passes RCMD and works on Mac and windows. 

 I am working on the vignette and help files.  When those are done I plan to submit to CRAN.  Will see how that goes. 

The are a ton of other thing like accessor and error handling that need to be addressed.  I am researching those.


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> On Aug 3, 2015, at 5:10 PM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 03/08/2015 4:31 PM, Glenn Schultz wrote:
>> Hello All,
>> I have a package which I would like to distribute.  However, there are some classes that are not exported if I provide a tar file can the user decompress the tar to the source and then export class.  I am thinking the answer is year since the tar is source code.  Conversely, a binary build would prohibit this - correct?
> If you distribute a binary file, your package will soon become obsolete:
> they are tied to particular versions of R and particular platforms.
> If you want wide exposure for your package, you should distribute it as
> a source package on CRAN.  It's more work than self-publishing (because
> you need to meet their requirements), but it will improve your package.
> If your package is distributed in any other way, some people (like me)
> will advise against using it at all.
> Duncan Murdoch

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