[Rd] Running package tests and not stop on first fail

Oliver Keyes ironholds at gmail.com
Fri Nov 4 17:42:54 CET 2016

On Friday, 4 November 2016, Martin Maechler <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch>

> >>>>> Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd at debian.org <javascript:;>>
> >>>>>     on Fri, 4 Nov 2016 10:36:52 -0500 writes:
>     > On 4 November 2016 at 16:24, Martin Maechler wrote: | My
>     > proposed name '--no-stop-on-error' was a quick shot; if |
>     > somebody has a more concise or better "English style"
>     > wording | (which is somewhat compatible with all the other
>     > options you see | from 'R CMD check --help'), | please
>     > speak up.
>     > Why not keep it simple?  The similar feature this most
>     > resembles is 'make -k' and its help page has
>     >        -k, --keep-going
>     >                    Continue as much as possible after an
>     > error.  While the target that failed, and those that
>     > depend on it, cannot be remade, the other dependencies of
>     > these targets can be processed all the same.
> Yes, that would be quite a bit simpler and nice in my view.
> One may think it to be too vague,

Mmn, I would agree on vagueness (and it breaks the pattern set by other
flags of human-readability). Deep familiarity with make is probably not
something we should ask of everyone who needs to test a package, too.

I quite like stop-on-error=true (exactly the same as the previous
suggestion but shaves off some characters by inverting the Boolean)

notably from Brian Pedersen's mentioning that the examples are
> already continued in any case if they lead to an error.
> Other opinions?
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