[R-pkg-devel] Two (newbie/luser) questions about adding CI to github hosted package

Chris Evans chr|@ho|d @end|ng |rom p@yctc@org
Tue Mar 16 14:06:54 CET 2021

Brilliant and so obviously correct.  As per response a minute ago to Dirk's 
help, I agree completely and have started moves that look to be in line with
that Dirk.

Apologies for my newbie/luser missteps and huge thanks to you both for your 
inputs.  I'm awed to have had this.


----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dirk Eddelbuettel" <edd using debian.org>
> To: "Duncan Murdoch" <murdoch.duncan using gmail.com>
> Cc: "Chris Evans" <chrishold using psyctc.org>, "r-package-devel" <r-package-devel using r-project.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, 16 March, 2021 12:45:44
> Subject: Re: [R-pkg-devel] Two (newbie/luser) questions about adding CI to github hosted package

> On 16 March 2021 at 06:48, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
>| On 16/03/2021 5:58 a.m., Chris Evans wrote:
>| You have 5 workflows, and their current content doesn't appear to match
>| the results on your actions page.  Pick one, run it, and I'll see if I
>| can spot the reason for a failure.
> More granularly, one of these five workflow spawns nine builds of which the
> ones with older R version (3.3, 3.4, 3.5) fail as seen eg for run #3:
> https://github.com/cpsyctc/CECPfuns/actions/runs/657501549
> Maybe you want to comment out runs for R versions that old, or debug why they
> fail. The error shown in R 3.5 (a version soon three years out of date you
> are not obliged to care for: CRAN uses only current, previous and next
> release) is not something I have seen before:
>  ── R CMD build ─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────
>  * checking for file ‘.../DESCRIPTION’ ... OK
>  * preparing ‘CECPfuns’:
>  * checking DESCRIPTION meta-information ... OK
>  Error in parse_Rd("/tmp/RtmpydYbB0/Rbuild4d3e1cce5e37/CECPfuns/man/getCSC.Rd",
>  :
>    Value of SET_STRING_ELT() must be a 'CHARSXP' not a 'NULL'
>  Execution halted
>  Error: Error in proc$get_built_file() : Build process failed
>  Calls: <Anonymous> ... build_package -> with_envvar -> force -> <Anonymous>
>  Execution halted
>  Error: Process completed with exit code 1.
> Here proce$get_built_file points to `pkgbuild` which is part of a non-CRAN
> toolchain.  So this may not be caused by your package -- I can't tell. My
> preference is to keep it simpler: I usually get by with one workflow and
> generally at most two builds.
> Dirk
> --
> https://dirk.eddelbuettel.com | @eddelbuettel | edd using debian.org

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