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Thanks for using roxygen2. Before filing an issue, there are a few places to explore and pieces to put together to make the process as smooth as possible.

Making a reprex

Start by making a minimal reproducible example using the reprex package. If you haven’t heard of or used reprex before, you’re in for a treat! Seriously, reprex will make all of your R-question-asking endeavors easier (which is a pretty insane ROI for the five to ten minutes it’ll take you to learn what it’s all about). For additional reprex pointers, check out the Get help! section of the tidyverse site.

roxygen2 issues can be tricky to create a minimal reprex for. There are two general techniques that can help:

  • If you know the source of the problem, you can often recreate it using a roc_proc_text() and text snippet:

    roc_proc_text(rd_roclet(), "
      #' Title
      #' @param
      #' @export
      foo <- function() {}"
    #> Error in FUN(X[[i]], ...): subscript out of bounds

    It’s really helpful if you can spend a little time reducing the text to the absolute minimum. Make sure you delete the body of the function (since roxygen2 never looks at it), and try each roxygen2 tag in turn. Only leave a tag in if you’ve confirmed it’s definitely part of the problem.

  • Issues that involve multiple files or that don’t give useful error messages are harder to track down. In these cases, sometimes your best option is to create a copy of your package, and progressively delete files until the problem goes away. Once you’ve done that, sometimes you’ll be able to reduce the problem further to a call to roc_proc_text() as above. If not, you’ll need to make your minimal package available somewhere on the internet (preferrably github) and link to it in the issue. The more you can do to make the package as small as possible, the less time it’ll take me to find the bug, and the more time I’ll have to work on it.

Where to ask

Armed with your reprex, the next step is to figure out where to ask.

  • If it’s a question: start with, and/or StackOverflow. There are more people there to answer questions.
  • If it’s a bug: you’re in the right place, file an issue.
  • If you’re not sure: let the community help you figure it out! If your problem is a bug or a feature request, you can easily return here and report it.

Before opening a new issue, be sure to search issues and pull requests to make sure the bug hasn’t been reported and/or already fixed in the development version. By default, the search will be pre-populated with is:issue is:open. You can edit the qualifiers (e.g. is:pr, is:closed) as needed. For example, you’d simply remove is:open to search all issues in the repo, open or closed.

General advice

To be as efficient as possible, development of tidyverse packages tends to be very bursty. Nothing happens for a long time, until a sufficient quantity of issues accumulates, and then there’s a burst of intense activity as we focus our efforts. That makes development more efficient because it avoids expensive context switching between problems. This process makes a good reprex particularly important because it might be multiple months between your initial report and when we start working on it. If you can’t reproduce the bug, we can’t fix it!