submitting binary windows packages
Wed, 16 Oct 2002 12:19:21 +0100 (BST)

It's called patience ... updates were done on October 7 and several times
since. I was away for four weeks (and Kurt and others knew that).

We've experimented with allowing other people to put up Windows
pre-compiled packages, but security concerns are overwhelming.  The
distribution is done under Unix/Linux where we can't virus-check.  I build
on just one Windows machine that has aggressive virus-checking and very
little software installed: I do not use my regular desktop machine (which
is usually in Linux anyway).

Ideally I would like to pass the task on to someone who has suitable
infrastructure (which includes a machine with fast and reliable internet
access from which CRAN can rsync).  The rate of change has got out of
control (at least 50 changes per month, it seems).  About 90% of the
packages will build automatically (under Windows, not cross-compiling)
but the remainder cause a lot of extra work.

On Tue, 1 Oct 2002, Warnes, Gregory R wrote:

> Hi All,
> The windows binary packages in
> are out of date for my
> packages, and perhaps for others as well.  I've now received several email
> messages commenting on this fact.
> Since I now have a Windows 2K machine with the proper build environment, I
> can create the windows binary packages myself.  What is the proper mechanism
> for getting a windows binary package placed there?
> This topic is not documented in the R Windows FAQ or anywhere else I can
> find.   Kurt has indicated that the windows area is mirrored from one of
> Brian's machines, but my query to Brian has not been answered yet.  (Perhaps
> he is taking a well-deserved break).  Does someone else know the proper
> procedure?
> If there is not already, can we arrange to set up an automated build
> procedure so that a Windows binary package is created automatically when the
> source package is uploaded?  Or some alternative?
> Greg
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