[Rd] Control statements with condition with greater than one should give error (not just warning) [PATCH]

Michael Lawrence lawrence.michael at gene.com
Sat Mar 4 21:20:45 CET 2017

Is there really a need for these complications? Packages emitting this
warning are broken by definition and should be fixed. Perhaps we could
"flip the switch" in a test environment and see how much havoc is wreaked
and whether authors are sufficiently responsive?


On Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 12:04 PM, Martin Maechler <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
> wrote:

> >>>>> Henrik Bengtsson <henrik.bengtsson at gmail.com>
> >>>>>     on Fri, 3 Mar 2017 10:10:53 -0800 writes:
>     > On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 9:55 AM, Hadley Wickham
>     > <h.wickham at gmail.com> wrote:
>     >>> But, how you propose a warning-to-error transition
>     >>> should be made without wreaking havoc?  Just flip the
>     >>> switch in R-devel and see CRAN and Bioconductor packages
>     >>> break overnight?  Particularly Bioconductor devel might
>     >>> become non-functional (since at times it requires
>     >>> R-devel).  For my own code / packages, I would be able
>     >>> to handle such a change, but I'm completely out of
>     >>> control if one of the package I'm depending on does not
>     >>> provide a quick fix (with the only option to remove
>     >>> package tests for those dependencies).
>     >>
>     >> Generally, a package can not be on CRAN if it has any
>     >> warnings, so I don't think this change would have any
>     >> impact on CRAN packages.  Isn't this also true for
>     >> bioconductor?
>     > Having a tests/warn.R file with:
>     > warning("boom")
>     > passes through R CMD check --as-cran unnoticed.
> Yes, indeed.. you are right Henrik  that many/most R warning()s would
> not produce  R CMD check  'WARNING's ..
> I think Hadley and I fell into the same mental pit of concluding
> that such warning()s  from   if(<length-larger-one>)  ...
> would not currently happen in CRAN / Bioc packages and hence
> turning them to errors would not have a direct effect.
> With your 2nd e-mail of saying that you'd propose such an option
> only for a few releases of R you've indeed clarified your intent
> to me.
> OTOH, I would prefer using an environment variable (as you've
> proposed as an alternative)  which is turned "active"  at the
> beginning only manually or  for the  "CRAN incoming" checks of
> the CRAN team (and bioconductor submission checks?)
> and later for  '--as-cran'  etc until it eventually becomes the
> unconditional behavior of R (and the env.variable is no longer used).
> Martin
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