[Rd] Testing window for R 2.13.0

Steven McKinney smckinney at bccrc.ca
Sat Mar 19 00:39:43 CET 2011

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-devel-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-devel-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of Prof Brian
> Ripley
> Sent: March-18-11 2:22 PM
> To: R-devel at r-project.org
> Subject: [Rd] Testing window for R 2.13.0
> We are now starting testing R 2.13.0/alpha/beta/RC and testing and
> feedback would be appreciated (whereas reports on problems immediately
> after release will try our patience).

Thank you for another release and all of your hard work.

Hopefully your degree of impatience with reports immediately
after release is inversely proportional to the number
of reports before release.  Given some good pre-release feedback
it would be a shame to discourage reports immediately after
release :)

I'll install and start testing now...

Having worked for a commercial software company, I am
continuously amazed at how quickly bugs are fixed, feature
requests are implemented, and patched versions released by 
this open source group (this includes Bioconductor and
many of the package maintainers).

No commercial vendor that I know of can or will match this

Steven McKinney

Molecular Oncology and Breast Cancer Program
British Columbia Cancer Research Centre

> Sources are available at
> http://cran.r-project.org/src/base-prerelease/
> Windows binaries at
> http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/rtest.html
> and Mac binaries at http://r.research.att.com/, specifically
> http://r.research.att.com/R-2.13-branch-leopard.pkg
> (and it is best to use the CRAN master rather than mirrors which will
> lag behind).
> Please report (success as well as failure except on the most common
> platforms) here, R-windows at r-project.org or R-sig-mac at r-project.org.
> We probably have good coverage of Debian/Fedora i686/x86_64 Linux, Mac
> OS X, Windows, Solaris and x86_64 FreeBSD 8.2: reports on other
> platforms would be particularly welcome.
> There have been a number of confused postings about 64-bit R on
> Solaris: the R-admin manual in this version contains detailed
> instructions on what works for us (Solaris Studio 12.2 and 12u1, and
> gcc4 on Sparc) and what doesn't (gcc on amd64) and why.
> Package maintainers should review the results for their packages at
> http://cran.r-project.org/web/checks/check_summary.html
> and submit updates if needed as soon as possible and definitely well
> before April 13.  That page is in the process of migration to
> R-prerel: for now the most useful columns are r-devel (Fedora),
> r-devel (Windows, really R-prerel) and the Solaris x86 column.
> Brian Ripley (for the R-core team)
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