Re: [Rd] CRAN binary packages (was problem with R installation package)

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:39:24 +0000

On 10/01/2012 08:16, Martin Maechler wrote:
>>>>>> Jeroen Ooms<>
>>>>>> on Mon, 9 Jan 2012 13:56:44 -0800 writes:
> > Hi Regis,
> > As you can see on the cran page of your package, no binaries have been build
> > yet for windows or osx. This can take a couple of days, you have to be
> > patient. For now you can install your package from source using:
> > install.packages("G2Sd", type="source")
> > ps: This is a question for the r-help mailing list, not r-devel.
> Yes, indeed!
> Martin Maechler

Except that for Windows binaries packages, people are asked in several places (including the @ReadMe and the rw-FAQ) not to ask about them on R-help, and for Mac binary packages only R-sig-mac is possibly appropriate.

There are only a handful of people who could do anything about binary packages, and they are very busy people and probably only skim R-help at most. If there really is a problem not explained by impatience or the results on the CRAN log page at it would be best to contact them directly: but please check carefully that there is not yet an explanation on e.g. R-sig-mac.

The whole CRAN process is running close to its human and machine resource limits: there are plans afoot to ease some of the pressures, but they too need resources to design and implement.

It would help a lot if people would follow the checklist in 'Writing R Extensions' and the policies linked from, and in particular not submit too-frequent updates and submit tarballs that check cleanly and have been checked on win-builder. And definitely: send a submission email mentioning the package in the subject line.

Slightly off-subject (but applied to Regis' submission): CRAN is nowadays taking some NOTEs as more serious, so e.g.

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