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pkgdepends 0.7.2

CRAN release: 2024-03-17

  • pkgdepends now supports the * wildcard for parameter specifications, for paramrters applied to all packages. E.g. *=?source means compiling all packages from source.

pkgdepends 0.7.1

CRAN release: 2023-12-10

  • pkgdepends now does not import the glue, rprojroot and prettyunits packages.

  • pkgdepends can now handle the case when Config/Needs/* dependencies are requested for package from a repository.

pkgdepends 0.7.0

CRAN release: 2023-11-10

pkgdepends 0.6.0

CRAN release: 2023-07-18

  • Many system requirements improvements:

    • New functions:
    • The output of $show_solution() now includes system requirements.
    • New sysreqs_platform configuration option.
    • pkgdepends now looks up system requirements asynchronously, during dependency resolution.
    • pkgdepends now does not reinstall system requirements by default, if they are already installed. (You can force a reinstall/upgrade with the sysreqs_update configuration option.)
  • New gitlab:: package source to install packages from GitLab (#315).

  • pkgdepends now correctly parses multiple git:: packages at once (#318).

  • Fix @*release reference for the latest release.

  • git:: package sources now support version 1 of the git protocol. E.g. the Bioconductor git repositories now work: git:: (#314).

  • The platforms config parameter now works correctly with deps:: package sources (

  • New include_linkingto config parameter to always include LinkingTo packages in the solution, even for binaries (#485).

  • pkg_name_check() now does not include Acromine results, because the web site was unstable.

pkgdepends 0.5.0

CRAN release: 2023-04-19

  • pkgdepends now support git repositories as package references. E.g. git::

  • pkgdepends now supports versioned CRAN packages, e.g. dplyr@1.1.1 will always install dplyr 1.1.1. Note that only CRAN packages are supported, Bioconductor packages are not (yet).

  • pkgdepends now has an alternative system requirements lookup implementation. It supports Fedora and Debian systems as well, in addition to Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE and RedHat derivatives. You can switch to this implementation by setting the R_PKG_SYSREQS2 environment variable to true.

  • pkgdepends now does a better job looking up dependencies for hand-selected dependency types. E.g. dependencies = "LinkingTo".

  • pkgdepends now removes ?ignore-d packages from dependencies, and uses the correct version comparison for ?ignore-before.r (

  • pkgdepends now does not fail for circular soft dependencies (#306).

  • pkgdepends now reports dependency solver failures better in some cases (#305,

  • pkgdepends now uses locally built CRAN binaries from the cache.

pkgdepends 0.4.0

CRAN release: 2022-12-17

pkgdepends 0.3.2

CRAN release: 2022-09-08

  • The ?ignore parameter works correctly now.

  • dependency resolution now does not fail if a package is not found.

  • pkgdepends can now install url:: remotes from GitHub.

  • pkgdepends now does not fail when the package of a .tar.gz GitHub snapshot is in a subdirectory, or in a subdirectory of a subdirectory.

  • pkgdepends now errors early if it cannot deduce the name of the package from a Remotes or Config/Needs/* entry.

  • Solver failures now include details in some cases where previously they did not.

  • pkgdepends can now update packages in Docker containers where the old version was installed in the different Docker later (

  • pkgdepends errors are now user friendlier and better formatted.

pkgdepends 0.3.1

CRAN release: 2022-04-08

  • The dependency solver now uses better heuristics and does not (effectively) freeze if multiple repositories have multiple versions of the same packages (e.g. RSPM and CRAN) (#277).

pkgdepends 0.3.0

CRAN release: 2022-02-16

  • New ?ignore-before-r parameter to ignore optional dependencies that need a newer R version (#243).

  • New ?ignore parameter to ignore an optional dependency.

  • Allow specifying downstream package parameters with the package=?param syntax.

  • The $update() operation now works better for any:: refs, and we always install the version we planned for.

  • System requirement installation is now more robust and works for Unix shell expressions (#347).

  • Make system dependency installation more robust (

  • CRAN-like resolution is more robust now if a repository is missing the usual metadata.

  • The lock file is pretty JSON now.

  • pkgdepends now does not return tibbles, but simple data frames. They are still printed concisely as long as the pillar package is loaded.

  • pkgdepends now handles all version requirement types properly: ‘<’, ‘<=’, ==, >=, >.

pkgdepends 0.2.0

CRAN release: 2021-11-29

  • pkgdepends now has Much better platform support, including arm64 packages on macOS, and single-arch and multi-arch binary packages on Windows.

  • Better configuration via environment variables and options, see ?"pkgdepends-config" for details.

  • Many improvements for lock files, i.e. the $create_lockfile() method of pkg_installation_proposal.

  • System requirements support. This is currently active on Linux, if the CI environment variable is set to true. You can set the PKG_SYSREQS environment variable to true to turn it on in other situations. See ?"pkgdepends-config".

  • The new any:: reference type can be used to install a package from any source. See ?pkg_refs for more about this.

pkgdepends 0.1.2

CRAN release: 2021-06-30

  • remotes can now update packages installed by pak. In the past this sometimes did not work (#301).

pkgdepends 0.1.1

CRAN release: 2021-05-16

pkgdepends 0.1.0

CRAN release: 2021-03-16

First CRAN release.