Re: [Rd] pointers on including SVN revision number in package info?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2012 20:37:39 +0000

On 06/01/2012 20:24, Ben Bolker wrote:
>
> I'm trying to keep debugging of a development package relatively sane.
>
> I see that some packages manage to incorporate what appears to be
> Subversion (SVN) revision information in the package description; for
> example,
>
>> library(MASS)
>> sessionInfo()$otherPkgs$MASS$Revision
> [1] "$Rev: 3016 $"
>
> which looks like an auto-generated revision number.
>
> On the other hand, the rgl package (for example) appears to manually
> encode the SVN revision in the package number:
>
>> library(rgl)
>> sessionInfo()$otherPkgs$rgl$Version

> [1] "0.92.829"
>
> I'd love an automatic strategy, if possible, so I can be lazy about
> updating the DESCRIPTION file every time I commit a change to SVN ...
> I searched the R extensions manual (and the r-forge manual), but I'm
> sure I could have missed something ...

The Subversion book? The MASS/DESCRIPTION file has

gannet% svn proplist DESCRIPTION
Properties on 'DESCRIPTION':

   svn:keywords

Note this only tracks the version when DESCRIPTION is changed, not what anything else is updated. But then I change the DESCRIPTION file immediately before release.

> Or can people suggest other useful strategies for keeping track of
> which development (micro-)version a random user might be working with?
>
> thanks,
> Ben Bolker
>
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