[R-pkg-devel] force revdepcheck to use local version of a dependency

Georgi Boshnakov georg|@bo@hn@kov @end|ng |rom m@nche@ter@@c@uk
Mon Sep 28 23:24:09 CEST 2020

Thanks, adding remotes to DESCRIPTION did what I was after. 

For reference (including me), here is an outline of a possible workflow:

1. run revdep_check(), with many reverse dependencies something like  revdep_check(num_workers = 4)
     speeds the things up dramatically. 

2, if there are  failures run   revdep_add_broken() 
3. bug-fix

4. run revdep_check() or revdep_check(num_workers = 4),
     Due to 2. Above, this will run only the checks that failed the previous time. Of course this assumes that the bug-fixes didn't break things that work.

5. repeat 2. - 4. 

Georgi Boshnakov

-----Original Message-----
From: Gábor Csárdi <csardi.gabor using gmail.com> 
Sent: 28 September 2020 18:46
To: Georgi Boshnakov <georgi.boshnakov using manchester.ac.uk>
Cc: r-package-devel using r-project.org
Subject: Re: [R-pkg-devel] force revdepcheck to use local version of a dependency

You can define the special dependency of the revdep-checked package in the `Remotes` field. More info:

E.g. if you are revdep-checking package PKG, then you can add something like this in the DESCRIPTION file of PKG:
Remotes: local::/path/to/your/package
or if the package is on GitHub:
Remotes: user/repo

Then revdepcheck will automatically install the special version of the dependency, for the dev version of the revdep-checked package. (But not for the CRAN version of the package.)


On Mon, Sep 28, 2020 at 6:17 PM Georgi Boshnakov <georgi.boshnakov using manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am using package 'revdepcheck' to check reverse dependencies of a package and it works great. But now I have a scenario such that I wish it to use a local version of one of the dependencies of the checked package and am not able to find out how.
> Some context: Package A imports package B. Package A has many reverse dependencies. I wish to check if an update to package B will break some of the reverse dependencies of A and/or repair broken reverse dependencies of A. It is obvious to update B on CRAN but this may lead unnecessarily to a number of CRAN updates.
> Georgi Boshnakov
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