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Chain reaction of CRAN death

February 5, 2018

If you want to destroy my sweater
Hold this thread as I walk away

Undone — Weezer

I received an unexpected email about the new version 0.5-0 of bayesImageS:

Dear maintainer,

Please see the problems shown on
<https://cran.r-project.org/web/checks/check_results_bayesImageS.html>.

Please correct before 2018-02-11 to safely retain your package on CRAN.

(so unexpected, it was actually filtered into my junk email folder…)

What’s going on here?

Version: 0.5-0 
Check: Rd cross-references 
Result: WARN 
    Unknown package ‘PottsUtils’ in Rd xrefs

Unknown? I could have sworn that package was available on CRAN the last time I checked!

Package ‘PottsUtils’ was removed from the CRAN repository.

Formerly available versions can be obtained from the archive.

Archived on 2018-01-27 as it depends on the archived ‘miscF’.

Oh, dear…

Package ‘miscF’ was removed from the CRAN repository.

Formerly available versions can be obtained from the archive.

Archived on 2018-01-27 as it depends on the archived ‘BayesBridge’, and on the non-portable ‘BRugs’.

It’s a massacre!

Package ‘BayesBridge’ was removed from the CRAN repository.

Formerly available versions can be obtained from the archive.

Archived on 2018-01-27 as no corrections were received despite reminders.

The hastily-constructed v0.5-1 of bayesImageS removes all Rd cross-references to PottsUtils and mritc, which corrects all of the NOTEs and WARNings from CRAN. The original version 0.2-1 of PottsUtils was released on CRAN in April 2011, 2 months after I started my PhD. I’d like to thank the package author, Dai Feng, and his PhD supervisor, Prof. Luke Tierney, for releasing their software as open source and for maintaining it for the past 7 years. It was a big reason why I chose R rather than Python for my work in image analysis. In memoriam.

As a warning to other package authors, be careful what dependencies you choose to include. Also, make sure emails from @R-project.org aren’t filtered as spam. At best, you’re only ever 2 weeks from having your R package permanently removed from the CRAN repository!

 

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