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November 3, 2016

Since I’ve been invited to give a seminar at an OxWaSP mini-symposium, I decided it was finally time to get my R package bayesImageS in shape for submission to the CRAN repository. Recently, the R-hub builder was released as a public beta. I was keen to check this out, since it is meant to make the process of submitting packages to CRAN simpler, particularly for first time package authors such as myself.

The R package rhub didn’t install first time, due to a dependency on the callr package, which isn’t available as a binary for my outdated version of R. I upgraded to the latest R (version 3.3.2), which also necessitated upgrading to RStudio 1.0.44. This fixed all of the dependency issues. I should probably have done this first anyway!

Warning in install.packages :
 packages ‘callr’, ‘desc’ are not available (for R version 3.2.5)

The next step is to validate your contact email address as the author/maintainer of the R package. Once you have received your verification email, you can enter your token to enable you to submit R packages to R-hub. The check() command gives you immediate feedback as the tests are running and you also receive a report via email:


* checking re-building of vignette outputs ... WARNING
Error in re-building vignettes:
Error in texi2dvi(file = file, pdf = TRUE, clean = clean, quiet = quiet,  : 
  Running 'texi2dvi' on 'background.tex' failed.
LaTeX errors:
! LaTeX Error: File `algorithm.sty' not found.

Type X to quit or <RETURN> to proceed,
or enter new name. (Default extension: sty)

! Emergency stop.
<read *> 
l.67 \usepackage
!  ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!
Calls: buildVignettes -> texi2pdf -> texi2dvi
Execution halted

Looks like I need to figure out which CTAN packages are supported on CRAN…



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