Re: [Rd] "bug report" field in DESCRIPTION file?

From: Martin Maechler <maechler_at_stat.math.ethz.ch>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 12:08:22 +0100

>>>>> "DM" == Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca> >>>>> on Sat, 28 Nov 2009 13:23:39 -0500 writes:

    DM> On 26/11/2009 12:38 PM, Barry Rowlingson wrote:
>> On Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 1:39 PM, Duncan Murdoch <murdoch@stats.uwo.ca> wrote:
>>

    >>> This sounds like a good idea, though I would add a "package" parameter to
    >>> the bug.report() function, rather than creating a new function.

>>
>> I'm sure when I did help.search("bug") and help.search("report") this
>> morning I didn't see this function! Otherwise I would have suggested
>> that. bug.report(package="bazbrain"). Oh dear, no maintainer.
>>
    >>> Does the logic below sound right for bug.report() with the package
    >>> specified?
    >>> 
    >>> If there's a BugReports field, bug.report() calls browseURL() on that page.
    >>> 
    >>> If not, it does more or less what it does now, but
    >>> - it defaults "address" to the package maintainer. - it adds a line in the
    >>> intro to the message pointing to the URL field if there was one.

>>
>> Martin Maechler's reservation about not being able to fill in the R
>> details for bug reports on trackers isn't too much of a problem, since
>> the bug tracker form could have fields for R version, session info
>> etc, or at least a big warning saying "Please include the following
>> info" (inside a <blink> tag).
>>
>> So how about if bug.report(package="foo") has a BugReports: field,
>> you print out 'The following information may be useful to your bug
>> report' and dump the relevant things ready for cut n paste into a bug
>> tracker, then browseURL().

    DM> I've just committed this to R-devel. Thanks for the suggestion, and     DM> thanks in advance for any improvements.

    DM> Duncan Murdoch

Thank you, Duncan, and Barry! This seems really useful now. As a package maintainer, I'd definitely want the user to provide the sessionInfo() etc.
Hence providing that to the user for cut'n'paste into a web form seems a nice approach.

Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich



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