[Rd] Bug in R CMD INSTALL when handling invalid LazyData DESCRIPTION field
maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Fri Nov 24 09:18:31 CET 2017
>>>>> Aaron Wells <aaronw at catalyst.net.nz>
>>>>> on Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:46:48 +1300 writes:
> Hi, I think I've found a bug in R CMD INSTALL. When it tries to parse a
> DESCRIPTION file with an invalid LazyData field, it errors out while
> trying to print the correct error message:
>> R CMD INSTALL .
> * installing to library ‘/home/example/R/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-library/3.4’
> * installing *source* package ‘samplepackage’ ...
> ** data
> Error in errmsg("invalid value of ", field, " field in DESCRIPTION") :
> could not find function "errmsg"
> * removing ‘/home/example/R/x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-library/3.4/samplepackage’
> It should instead be using that errmsg() function to print the more
> helpful error message: "invalid value of LazyData field in DESCRIPTION".
> I've traced it down to this line of code in tools:::.install_packages()
> . The errmsg() function actually is defined earlier on in the function,
> but there seems to be a scoping issue that makes it not available here.
> I've uploaded a sample project to reproduce the bug here:
> I'm running R version 3.4.2 (2017-09-28), on Ubuntu 16.04.
Thank you very much, Aaron.
This is indeed a bug, and it looks that I had caused it when
introducing the internal str_parse() utlity.
It's too bad this is so close before release of R 3.4.3 and the
fix to the bug is not trivial (not very hard either) such that
it most probably will not make it into 3.4.3.
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