[Rd] SystemRequirements’ field

From: Paul Gilbert <pgilbert902_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:33:25 -0500


Am I correct in thinking that the ‘SystemRequirements’ field in a package DESCRIPTION file is purely descriptive, there are no standard elements that can be extracted by parsing it and used automatically?

This field does not seem to be widely used, even for some obvious cases like backend database driver requirements, perl, perl modules, etc. It might help to have a list of possibilities. Some I think about immediately are SQLLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, ODBC, Perl, Perl_CSVXS, MPI, rpcgen, Oracle-license, Bloomberg-license and Fame-license. Maybe there could be a generic OTHER_* for things not in a standard list?

Paul



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