Thu, 03 Nov 2022

RProtoBuf 0.4.20 on CRAN: Maintenance

A new release 0.4.20 of RProtoBuf arrived on CRAN earlier today. RProtoBuf provides R with bindings for the Google Protocol Buffers (“ProtoBuf”) data encoding and serialization library used and released by Google, and deployed very widely in numerous projects as a language and operating-system agnostic protocol.

This release is somewhat mechanical and in the spirit of many other recent releases. clang-15 is, as more recent compilers do, more stringent on definitions and wants to see some void in argument-less signatures. Happy to oblige. At the same time, GitHub Actions started to nag us about minimum versions of node code so an upgrade to a newer action is warranted, again as with many other affected packages. We also found another http:// URL hiding somewhere so that was cleaned. Lastly, it appears Protocol Buffers themselves moved on and now need / prefer C++17 so were happy to oblige.

The following section from the NEWS.Rd file has full details.

Changes in RProtoBuf version 0.4.20 (2022-11-02)

  • Two function prototype were updated for clang-15.

  • GitHub Actions were updated to checkout version 3.

  • One more http:// URL was updated to https://

  • The package compilation is now donw with C++17 as the Protocol Buffer headers require it (and clang-15 nags otherwise).

Thanks to my CRANberries, there is a diff to the previous release. The RProtoBuf page has copies of the (older) package vignette, the ‘quick’ overview vignette, and the pre-print of our JSS paper. Questions, comments etc should go to the GitHub issue tracker off the GitHub repo.

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