[R-pkg-devel] NOTE in r-devel-linux-x86_64-fedora-clang

Ben Bolker bbo|ker @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Sat Aug 8 02:39:58 CEST 2020

On 8/7/20 8:35 PM, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> On 07/08/2020 6:53 p.m., Helmut Schütz wrote:
>> Hi Duncan,
>> Duncan Murdoch wrote on 2020-08-07 21:55:
>>> On 07/08/2020 3:22 p.m., Helmut Schütz wrote:
>>>> I see. However, the HTML-source states
>>>> This manual is for R, version 4.1.0 Under development (2020-08-06).
>>>> I was relying on the PDF-version (4.0.2 of 2020-06-22) which does 
>>>> *not*
>>>> contain this sentence. Hence, I fell into the trap. Should be 
>>>> stated in
>>>> the PDF as well, IMHO.
>>> Oh, c'mon.  It will be a new requirement in R 4.1.0  It's not a
>>> requirement in 4.0.2, and you didn't get a NOTE about it there, you
>>> only got the note in one of the r-devel platforms.
>> Yep, but why are the others not configured in the same way (with setenv
>> _R_CHECK_SUGGESTS_ONLY_ false)? Doesn't sound consistent to me.
> What has this got to do with your suggestion that changes that will be 
> released in R 4.1.0 next year should be documented in R 4.0.2?
> Duncan Murdoch
   I agree that package developers should always be reading the very 
most recent version of the docs. But I also agree that it gets confusing 
when the settings for different r-devel platforms on CRAN are 
different/inconsistent in ways that don't seem required by intrinsic 
between-platform differences ...
>>> The general way things work in R is that changes get announced well in
>>> advance of release *by putting them in R-devel*.  That's why you're
>>> asked to check your package against R-devel before submitting:  so
>>> that it meets upcoming announced changes to requirements as well as
>>> ones that are in the current release.
>> Of course, we checked the package on winbuilder... Are you suggesting to
>> set up a multi-boot system for all those OSs? Even if one -- not us --
>> would aim at that: Where to get Solaris v10? Buy a Mac to run checks on
>> maxOS?
>> At least I understand now the differences between
>> r-devel-linux-x86_64-debian-gcc and r-devel-linux-x86_64-debian-gcc
>> (given in the last line there:
>> https://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/bdr/Rconfig/r-devel-linux-x86_64-fedora-gcc). 
>> Helmut
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