[R-pkg-devel] What To Include In \donttest{}

Danielle Maeser m@e@e005 @end|ng |rom umn@edu
Thu May 27 06:10:13 CEST 2021

Thank you for your assistance. The link is very helpful.

However, I am still not sure what the difference is between the example
provided with \donttest{} and a vignette. It seems both display an example
of the function. For instance: the example below seems not too different
from a vignette:


Additionally, in order to set the parameters for this example in
\donttest{}, it seems I must include data for this function inside of the
man folder, which seems odd. I thought CRAN would ignore whatever code is
provided in \donttest{} (therefore, I wouldn't have to provide the data
here); however, the CRAN check complains that it does not know what these
parameters are (aka object 'parameters' is not known).

I'd appreciate any assistance you can provide.

On Wed, May 26, 2021 at 9:37 PM Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd using debian.org> wrote:

> Danielle,
> On 26 May 2021 at 21:23, Danielle Maeser wrote:
> | Please excuse the very simple question, but I received the following
> | message from a CRAN maintainer, and I am not sure what code to include
> | inside of the \donttest{}. This is meant to enclose code that typically
> | should be run, but not during package checking, and I do not have any
> such
> | code.
> |
> | Here is the message from the CRAN maintainter:
> |
> | *Please add small executable examples in your Rd-files to illustrate
> theuse
> | of the exported function but also enable automatic testing.Otherwise, you
> | can also write some tests. Lengthy examples (> 5 sec) canbe wrapped in
> | \donttest{}.*
> |
> | I'd appreciate any assistance you can provide.
> The quote contains three distinct sentences--with three distinct messages:
>   1. Please add examples, for both illustration and tests.
>   2. You can also add tests directly (i.e. via directory tests/)
>   3. Should examples run long, consider wrapping them in \donttest{}
> We can narrow this down to 'please add examples'.
> (Otherwise, a good trick is to search at GitHub in the (unofficial,
> contributed) cran organization (mirroring CRAN) for terms you are
> interested
> in, here "\donttest" -- and this link claims 11k hits
>   https://github.com/search?q=org%3Acran+%5Cdonttest&type=code
> you can probably browse a few of these to get an idea.
> Hope this helps,  Dirk
> --
> https://dirk.eddelbuettel.com | @eddelbuettel | edd using debian.org

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