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Package ‘Cyclops’ was removed from the CRAN repository


(Mark Wilkins) #1

While using an automated build process that includes the installation of CohortMethod, we received the following error message:

14:59:16 “Error: Failed to install ‘CohortMethod’ from GitHub:”,
14:59:16 " (converted from warning) package ‘Cyclops’ is not available (for R version 3.4.1)",
14:59:16 “Execution halted”

Checking CRAN (https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/Cyclops/index.html), we found the following:

Package ‘Cyclops’ was removed from the CRAN repository.

Formerly available versions can be obtained from the [archive](https://CRAN.R-project.org/src/contrib/Archive/Cyclops).

Archived on 2020-04-09 as check problems were not corrected despite reminders.

Please use the canonical form https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=Cyclops to link to this page.

(Martijn Schuemie) #2

Yikes! @msuchard: I assume this is because ‘bit’ (one of Cyclops’ dependencies) has been declared ‘orphaned’?

You can still install install Cyclops from GitHub and drat, but it was very convenient having the binary on CRAN.

I’m working on replacing ff (the reason we need bit). I was hoping to have more time, as this will have major consequences for our entire R code base.


(Marc Suchard) #3

It looks like Cyclops is back on CRAN (https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/Cyclops/index.html), at least for a short period. So, let’s all pull together and get ff replaced. What can I do to help?


(Martijn Schuemie) #4

I’m working on it. I’ll let you know when I’m at a good state to share the work.

Fun fact: many packages in CRAN (e.g. many packages in the tidyverse) depend on the bit64 package, which in turn not only depends on the now orphaned bit package, but is by the same developers and will likely be declared orphaned soon.


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