Re: [Rd] CRAN policies

From: Yihui Xie <>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:40:04 -0500

I have been wondering if it is possible to automate the checking process to reduce human efforts, e.g. automatically check the packages submitted to FTP, and send the package maintainer an email in case of warnings or errors (otherwise just move it to CRAN); package maintainers can appeal for a manual check by CRAN maintainers in case of false positives. As a package author, I really hate to bother CRAN maintainers each time I upload a new version and it passes R CMD check successfully, in which case I should have received an automatic email instead of Kurt's "hand-writing" "thanks, on CRAN now". Frankly speaking, it makes me feel guilty sometimes to update my packages, thinking of other 3700 packages on CRAN and how much time you CRAN maintainers are spending on checking the packages.

I do not know how many package authors actually read this mailing list, so these policies may not really reach some authors at all.


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