[R] [R-pkgs] Introducing the makeit package

Arni Magnusson th|@|@@rn| @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Sun Oct 29 05:55:30 CET 2023

Dear R community,

Just a quick note about a new package on CRAN called makeit. Yesterday, I
added a vignette and released as 1.0.1:

It provides a simple but powerful function make() that works the same way
as GNU Make. In short, it runs an R script if underlying files have
changed, otherwise it does nothing. The first example in the vignette is:
  make("analysis.R", "input.dat", "output.dat")
The second example involves three scripts:
  make("01_model.R", "data.dat", "results.dat")
  make("02_plots.R", "results.dat", c("plots/A.png", "plots/B.png"))
  make("03_tables.R", "results.dat", c("tables/A.csv", "tables/B.csv"))

For R workflows, it can provide the same functionality as GNU Make but with
fewer software requirements in terms of software installed and system path.
The make calls() can be grouped together in a dedicated script, called
something like _make.R, or conveniently called from within scripts to
decide whether a certain part of the analysis needs to be (re)run or not.

Any feedback is appreciated, via email or GitHub issues

Best regards,

P.S. I originally wanted to call the package simply 'make', but was
politely informed by the CRAN Team that this could mess with their
extensive makefile infrastructure. So there we have it, makeit :)

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