[R-pkg-devel] Help in getting past CRAN submission rejections

Toby Hocking tdhock5 @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Thu Sep 10 01:38:55 CEST 2020

Hi Naras
I had a similar issue recently with
https://cloud.r-project.org/web/packages/nc/ --- it Suggests: re2r which is
a package that is no longer on CRAN, but available on github. To solve the
issue I just copied the re2r into a drat repo, which is a CRAN-like
repository hosted on github. More info on drat here
http://eddelbuettel.github.io/drat/DratForPackageAuthors.html So if those
solver packages you have in Suggests are open-source, you can just copy
them to your drat repo, and list that drat repo in Additional_repositories.
If they aren't open-source then you should provide a description of how to
obtain those packages in Description. Something like "gurobi package is not
available in any public open-source repositories but can be downloaded for
academic use free of charge from $GUROBI_URL"
BTW thanks for your efforts in getting CVXR on CRAN, that is really
important work!

On Wed, Sep 9, 2020 at 10:40 AM Balasubramanian Narasimhan <
naras using stanford.edu> wrote:

> We've been struggling to get past CRAN's rejections for a new upload of
> CVXR.  The new version makes essentially one change to the existing
> version on CRAN: the addition of a DOI to an article to appear in JSS.
> We realize that CRAN may tighten policies in the meantime forcing some
> changes to be made, which we are happy to do. But we are not sure what.
> The automated check
> <
> https://win-builder.r-project.org/incoming_pretest/CVXR_1.0-6_20200908_223033/>
> came back with 2 notes on Debian and Windows, both addressed in replies
> and submission comments. (Solaris failures are expected, also noted.)
> The communications with CRAN indicates that the problem might be that
> our package (the current version too) _suggests_ solvers not available
> on CRAN. These are either on github or on vendor websites (free to
> academics after login).  One reply from CRAN suggested that we either
> use the "Additional_repositories" field or provide some text in
> Description. The former is not applicable---these are not CRAN-like
> repositories---so we added text in the description with URL links.
> What could we be missing?
> Thanks.
> -Naras
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