[Rd] The Depends: field of a package is now used by library()

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Aug 12 17:32:11 CEST 2004

On Thu, 12 Aug 2004, A.J. Rossini wrote:

> Wolfgang Huber <w.huber at dkfz-heidelberg.de> writes:
> >> On Thursday 12 August 2004 07:34, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> >>
> >>>In R-devel, the Depends: field in the DESCRIPTION file is now used by
> >>>library() to load the named packages before the current package, and
> >>>also to set up the environment to save images and prepare for lazy
> >>>loading.
> >>
> >
> > Are circular dependencies allowed?
> > Or do they need to be broken, e.g. by replacing one of the edges in a
> > loop by a "suggests"?
> Argh -- BioC has something close to that for builds.  The release
> folks will have to explore that issue!

If all the packages were using saved images, nothing has changed, for the 
Depends: packages are the ones needed to save the image.  (The rest are 
Suggests:.)  And if a package is not using a saved image then the
Depends: are not needed to build it.

You can probably break this by building a package with --no-save and then 
building it later with --save.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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