[Rd] cryptic error message from R CMD check

From: Marco Scutari <marco.scutari_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Jun 2009 13:12:32 +0200


Dear R developers,

I've run into a very cryptic error message from R CMD check while working on a new package. This is the relevant output:

[fizban@~/Rmap]:R CMD check Rmap
* checking for working pdflatex ... OK

R CMD build + INSTALL fails in the same way:

[fizban@~/Rmap]:R CMD build Rmap
* checking for file 'Rmap/DESCRIPTION' ... OK

The error is easily reproducible, as it's caused by the lack of Rd documentation in the "man" directory; adding even one Rd file solves the problem. It's clearly a corner case (yes. I'm lazy and should have written the documentation a long time ago), but if you think it's worth the time it would be better to have a clearer error message from R CMD check.

P.S.: this is on an updated Debian Sid:

[fizban@~/Rmap]:dpkg -l | grep "ii r-" | grep -v cran

ii  r-base                               2.9.0-4
GNU R statistical computation and graphics system
ii  r-base-core                          2.9.0-4
GNU R core of statistical computation and graphics system
ii  r-recommended                        2.9.0-4
GNU R collection of recommended packages [metapackage]

Thanks for your time,
  Marco Scutari

-- 
Marco Scutari, Ph.D. Student
Department of Statistical Sciences
University of Padova, Italy
"Facts don't care if you feel good about them." Slashdot, 25/10/07

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