Re: [Rd] CRAN packages maintained by you

From: Michael Friendly <>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:21:22 -0400

It is A Good Thing to regularize Authors and Maintainers of packages, particularly for citation()
and toBibTex().

Could I add a suggested TODO item for the maintainer of package.skeleton and friends to
help reinforce this for new packages:


On 8/8/2011 9:46 AM, Kurt Hornik wrote:
> Dear maintainers,
> This concerns the packages
> CITAN ENmisc Formula MSBVAR RExcelInstaller RcmdrPlugin.mosaic
> Rd2roxygen Rz SGP betareg expectreg fastcluster glmc gptk heplots pxR
> sideChannelAttack sp spacetime trapezoid vcd
> maintained by one of you.
> I see that you have added Author_at_R fields providing enhanced information
> on package authors to your DESCRIPTION files, which since R 2.12.0 is
> used for auto-generating citations.
> In current r-devel, we have finally added functionality for also
> auto-generating package DESCRIPTION Author and Maintainer fields from
> the enhanced information "if needed" [i.e., existing fields will not be
> overwritten].
> However, in the process of this the field was renamed to 'Authors_at_R', so
> please change your DESCRIPTION files accordingly.
> In doing so, pls note that to auto-generate Maintainer fields the
> Authors_at_R fields need to provide authors with a maintainer (cre) role
> and an email address. Currently, packages
> CITAN MSBVAR SGP fastcluster glmc gptk heplots sideChannelAttack sp
> spacetime trapezoid
> do not specify the package maintainer in their Authors_at_R field.
> (Note that to take advantage of the new auto-generation functionality,
> you need to rename to Authors_at_R, remove the DESCRIPTION Author and
> Maintainer fields in the package sources, and then run R CMD build from
> a current version of r-devel.)
> Best
> -k

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