[Rd] Is using devtools::release no longer allowed?

luke-tierney at uiowa.edu luke-tierney at uiowa.edu
Thu Aug 21 17:09:39 CEST 2014

On Thu, 21 Aug 2014, Hadley Wickham wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 8:28 AM, Richard Cotton <richierocks at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I recently tried to submit a package to CRAN using the release
>> function in the devtools package and got the response:
>>> The policies asked you to use the webform: do so in future.
>> I think that the relevant line in the policies are:
>>> When submitting a package to CRAN you should use the submission form at
>>> http://CRAN.R-project.org/submit.html (and not send an email). You will be sent
>>> a confirmation email which needs to be accepted.
>>> If this fails, upload by anonymous ftp to ftp://CRAN.R-project.org/incoming/ and
>>> send a (plain text ASCII) email at the same time, with subject line as specified below.
>> As far as I know, the release function uses the second method, so I
>> don't quite understand what the problem is.
> The development version of devtools uses the web form method. I will
> endeavour to track changes to the CRAN release process as closely as
> possible, but as noted elsewhere in this thread, those changes are not
> always well communicated. The devtools philosophy is "anything that
> can be automated, should be automated".
> You may also be eligible for the devtools guarantee: "if because of a
> bug in devtools a member of R-core gets angry with you, I will send
> you a handwritten apology note. Just forward me the email and your
> address, and I'll get a card in the mail."
> Hadley

I think I'm seeing the Rcaptcha package on the horizon ...


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