[R-pkg-devel] Submission to CRAN when package needs personal data (API key)
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Sat Sep 8 22:47:27 CEST 2018
On 2018-09-08 14:02, Joshua Ulrich wrote:
> Hi Rainer,
> On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 2:28 AM, Rainer Krug <Rainer using krugs.de> wrote:
>> I have a package at GitHub (https://github.com/rkrug/ROriginStamp) which I am
>> pre[paring for CRAN.
>> It creates a trusted timestamp using the API fro OriginStamp
>> (https://originstamp.org/home) which requires an API key. Now this API should
>> not be made public, as to much traffic through one API key will lead to it’s
>> I have stored the key encrypted in the travis.yml, and the package passes all
>> But if I send it to CRAN, it would fail the tests, as the api key is not in
>> the package itself.
>> I could disable all tests for CRAN which need the API key, but I think it
>> would be better tu run the tests there as well (as an additional check to
>> My question:
>> Is there a way of storing the API key encrypted, so that only the CRAN test
>> servers can decrypt it, or is there another way can steal with this?
> I have a similar issue with quantmod. I need API keys to test some
> functionality and I would like the tests run regularly, so I can know
> when something breaks without having to wait for a user to report the
> I store the API keys in encrypted environment variable in TravisCI,
> and I check for those environment variables before running the tests
> that require them.
> Then I added a cron job on TravisCI to run the build if there hasn't
> been a build in the past 24 hours. That solves the problem adequately
> for my purposes without adding any burden to CRAN. Hopefully it works
> for your purposes too.
So those tests don't run if the required environment variables
are not there?
Rainer's problem was getting a secure time stamp. For his case,
rather than skip the tests if the API keys were not there, one might
take the time stamp from someplace else, perhaps with a note of the
source of the time stamp.
>> Rainer M. Krug, PhD (Conservation Ecology, SUN),
>> MSc (Conservation Biology, UCT), Dipl. Phys. (Germany)
>> University of Zürich
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>> email: Rainer using krugs.de
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