[R-pkg-devel] [External] Re: pandoc version used in winbuilder

Lenth, Russell V ru@@e||-|enth @end|ng |rom u|ow@@edu
Thu Jun 27 18:29:47 CEST 2019

Thanks. By the way, just for clarity, I do know that the option I wanted was --strip-comments, with two hyphens. When I posted this, apparently '--' got changed to a dash by auto-incorrect.


-----Original Message-----
From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch.duncan using gmail.com> 
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2019 9:07 AM
To: Lenth, Russell V <russell-lenth using uiowa.edu>; r-package-devel using r-project.org
Subject: [External] Re: [R-pkg-devel] pandoc version used in winbuilder

On 27/06/2019 9:51 a.m., Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On 26/06/2019 2:54 p.m., Lenth, Russell V wrote:
>> All,
>> How does one tell what version of pandoc is being used by winbuilder (and probably other related CRAN-submission processes)?
> The function rmarkdown::pandoc_version() will tell you.
>> I have a package with several HTML vignettes, for which I use a custom style. I had decided to add the pandoc option '-strip-comments' to my script (my vignettes have quite a few HTML comments that are used for indexing and are not needed after the vignettes are built). When I built the package and submitted it for checking to winbuilder (for the development version of R), the result was that each vignette failed to rebuild, with a message that pandoc.exe has no option -strip-comments. However, that option has been available since pandoc version 2.0; and its latest version is 2.7.3.
>> This is not a big deal for my package, so I just removed that option and then all was OK. But still, why are we having to rely on a relatively ancient version of pandoc?
> It takes work to install a new version, and presumably nobody has done 
> that work.  Pandoc is not easy to build, so some CRAN machines don't 
> have it at all.
> Your DESCRIPTION file should list it in SystemRequirements with the 
> required version number.  I'd suggest using a reasonably low number if 
> you want CRAN to accept and build your package.

By the way, I just looked through a fairly recent copy of CRAN, and only
3 packages asked for pandoc >= 2.0.  So that's a reason it's been a low priority to install it.

Duncan Murdoch

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