There seems to be a general (false) impression among non R-core developers that to run tests,
Rpackage developers need a test management system such as
testthat. And a further false impression that
testthatis the only
Rtest management system. This is in fact not true, as
Ritself has a capable testing facility in “
R CMD check” (a command triggering
Rchecks from outside of any given integrated development environment).
By a combination of skimming the
R-manuals ( https://cran.r-project.org/manuals.html ) and running a few experiments I came up with a description of how
R-testing actually works. And I have adapted the available tools to fit my current preferred workflow. This may not be your preferred workflow, but I have and give my reasons below.
Food for thought for any R developer.