[Rd] [RFC] A case for freezing CRAN

Tim Triche, Jr. tim.triche at gmail.com
Fri Mar 21 03:20:44 CET 2014

Except that tests (as vignettes) are mandatory for BioC. So if something blows up you hear about it right quick :-)


> On Mar 20, 2014, at 7:15 PM, Gábor Csárdi <csardi.gabor at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 9:45 PM, William Dunlap <wdunlap at tibco.com> wrote:
>>> In particular, updating a package with many reverse dependencies is a
>>> frustrating process, for everybody. As a maintainer with ~150 reverse
>>> dependencies, I think not twice, but ten times if I really want to
>> publish
>>> a new version on CRAN.
>> It might be easier if more of those packages came with good test suites.
> Test suites are great, but I don't think this would make my job easier.
> More tests means more potential breakage. The extreme of not having any
> examples and tests in these 150 packages would be the easiest for _me_,
> actually. Not for the users, though.....
> What would really help is either fully versioned package dependencies
> (daydreaming here), or having a CRAN-devel repository, that changes and
> might break often, and a CRAN-stable that does not change (much).
> Gabor
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