[Rd] CRAN binary packages (was problem with R installation package)
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jan 10 11:39:24 CET 2012
On 10/01/2012 08:16, Martin Maechler wrote:
>>>>>> Jeroen Ooms<jeroenooms at gmail.com>
>>>>>> on Mon, 9 Jan 2012 13:56:44 -0800 writes:
> > Hi Regis,
> > As you can see on the cran page of your package, no binaries have been build
> > yet for windows or osx. This can take a couple of days, you have to be
> > patient. For now you can install your package from source using:
> > install.packages("G2Sd", type="source")
> > ps: This is a question for the r-help mailing list, not r-devel.
> Yes, indeed!
> Martin Maechler
Except that for Windows binaries packages, people are asked in several
places (including the @ReadMe and the rw-FAQ) not to ask about them on
R-help, and for Mac binary packages only R-sig-mac is possibly appropriate.
There are only a handful of people who could do anything about binary
packages, and they are very busy people and probably only skim R-help at
most. If there really is a problem not explained by impatience or the
results on the CRAN log page at
http://cran.r-project.org/web/checks/check_summary.html it would be best
to contact them directly: but please check carefully that there is not
yet an explanation on e.g. R-sig-mac.
The whole CRAN process is running close to its human and machine
resource limits: there are plans afoot to ease some of the pressures,
but they too need resources to design and implement.
It would help a lot if people would follow the checklist in 'Writing R
Extensions' and the policies linked from
http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/index.html, and in particular not
submit too-frequent updates and submit tarballs that check cleanly and
have been checked on win-builder. And definitely: send a submission
email mentioning the package in the subject line.
Slightly off-subject (but applied to Regis' submission): CRAN is
nowadays taking some NOTEs as more serious, so e.g.
- new submissions are required to have a NAMESPACE file and updates will
get nagged to add one.
- packages are expected not to call C/C++ assert, abort, exit or FORTRAN
stop, so please address that before submission. (The reason this is
still a NOTE is that there are false positives on some platforms: check
on Linux if at all possible.)
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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