I'm working with an R package that is an RStudio project, and I'm using packrat to keep a local copy of the source of the packages I depend on for my project.
I've got Travis-CI checking my R package each time I make a commit, but each time Travis builds my package it gets the latest version of the dependent packages, rather than the versions I've got in my
After much trial and error and further reading, it seems that this will do it, with a
.travis.yml file like this:
# R for travis: see documentation at https://docs.travis-ci.com/user/languages/r language: R sudo: false cache: packages install: - R -e "0" --args --bootstrap-packrat warnings_are_errors: false
The key lines in the above file are:
install: - R -e "0" --args --bootstrap-packrat
This will start R, and builds the R packages in the local packrat directory so that they are available in the Travis machine.
After that, travis will continue and attempt to build the package, and will not need contact CRAN to get the dependencies because they are already available (assuming packrat is working as expected).
I discovered this trick here: https://travis-ci.org/ChowHub/paper-pattern-similarity/builds/127262823 and at https://github.com/rstudio/packrat/issues/158. I've got it working here: https://travis-ci.org/benmarwick/mjbtramp/builds/157747326
The advantage of this is we can build on travis with the exact same packages that we're using locally. We don't have to get the latest packages from CRAN when we build on travis, now we can have more control of the package versions that travis builds with in our project.
The disadvantage is that the build time on travis is substantially increased. One of my projects went from 2-3 mins to 13-15 mins after switching to packrat.