Re: [Rd] if(--as-cran)?

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2012 18:02:06 -0400

On 04/09/2012 5:42 PM, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> On 4 September 2012 at 17:26, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
> | On 04/09/2012 5:14 PM, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
> | > An add-on argument to the already established option --as-cran may be the
> | > best.
> | >
> | > And to iterate, what bugs me is that for _me_ on _my_ machine developing _my_
> | > package I have remember how to enable what is now (as per CRAN's decree)
> | > "non-standard behaviour" of full testing. I fully agree with what Terry had
> | > said: more tests are better (when we develop). I want the full suite at my
> | > end; that is after all why we wrote it!
> |
> | You don't have to remember that, you need to figure it out once, write a
> | script that sets the environment variables that enable it, and then you
> | can forget it.
> "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not."
> The main test script long had exactly such a setting; I wrote what I wrote
> because it is _still the wrong way around_ and as I happen to have added to
> unit tests this weekend _having suffered through precisely this setting_.
> But we are on different wavelengths here and I evidently do not get my point
> across to you. And as you are the one who could make a change where it
> matters, I have no choice but to rest my case in frustration.

If you want to give up, then give up, but then don't complain about the current behaviour. If you want to fix it, then continue the discussion.

You're right that we're on different wavelengths. If you want some tests to run at home but not on CRAN, then somewhere there has to be a conditional. I'm suggesting that the conditional should be "if there's a tight time limit, skip this".

I don't remember if this was your suggestion, but someone has suggested "if we're running with the --as-cran option, skip this" and others have suggested "if we're running on CRAN, skip this". I don't see why you find my suggestion so objectionable. If you want, I'll repeat why I find the other two suggestions objectionable.

Duncan Murdoch mailing list Received on Tue 04 Sep 2012 - 22:06:28 GMT

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