[Rd] r-forge build failure bafflement

From: Ben Bolker <bbolker_at_gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:54:52 -0400

  I am attempting to build a package on r-forge and running into a weird error. I have been in correspondence with the R-forge admins and am turning to r-devel on the remote chance that someone might have a guess as to what is going wrong or a suggestion about further diagnostics/experiments I could try ...

  The package seems to build fine on my system(s) with

R CMD build --compact-vignettes --resave-data=best pkg

(these are the R-forge build arguments, according to the r-forge admins)

The build log (basically identical across linux64/win64/macos64) is as follows:



Thu Mar 29 20:15:21 2012: Building tarball for package glmmADMB (SVN revision 204)
using R version 2.14.2 (2012-02-29) ...

  so apparently the package is failing because it doesn't exist (!!)   I originally thought this was a circular dependency problem, because glmmADMB and coefplot2 (another r-forge package) depended on each other, but I have (at least for now) removed glmmADMB's coefplot2 dependency. As far as I can tell there are *no* packages on r-forge that depend on/suggest/import glmmADMB.

a1 <- available.packages(contriburl=

   contrib.url("http://r-forge.r-project.org")) > rownames(a1)["glmmADMB" %in% a1[,"Suggests"]] character(0)
> rownames(a1)["glmmADMB" %in% a1[,"Depends"]] character(0)
> rownames(a1)["glmmADMB" %in% a1[,"Imports"]] character(0)

The perhaps-relevant parts of the DESCRIPTION file:



BuildVignettes: no
Description: Fits mixed-effects models using a variety of distributions Imports: stats, nlme
Depends: R (>= 2.13), methods, MASS, R2admb Suggests: lattice, lme4, lme4.0, coda, mlmRev, scapeMCMC, ggplot2, bbmle, pscl, knitr, car

  The only other thing I can think of is backing up a few SVN revisions and seeing whether I can get back to a working version, but I'd like to see if I can get it fixed by moving forward rather than backward ...

  For anyone who is intrigued and wants to investigate farther:

http://r-forge.r-project.org/R/?group_id=847 http://r-forge.r-project.org/scm/?group_id=847

  cheers
   Ben Bolker



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