future.BatchJobs – End-of-Life Announcement

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This is an announcement that future.BatchJobsA Future API for Parallel and Distributed Processing using BatchJobs has been archived on CRAN. The package has been deprecated for years with a recommendation of using future.batchtools instead. The latter has been on CRAN since June 2017 and builds upon the batchtools package, which itself supersedes the BatchJobs package.

To wrap up the three-and-a-half year long life of future.BatchJobs, the very last version, 0.17.0, reached CRAN on 2021-01-04 and passed on CRAN checks as of 2020-01-08, when the the package was requested to be formally archived. All versions ever existing on CRAN can be found at https://cran.r-project.org/src/contrib/Archive/future.BatchJobs/.

Archiving the future.BatchJobs package will speed up new releases of the future package. In the past, some of the future releases required internal updates to reverse packages dependencies such as future.BatchJobs to be rolled out on CRAN first in order for future to pass the CRAN incoming checks.


The https://cran.r-project.org/package=future.BatchJobs page mentions:

Archived on 2021-01-08 at the request of the maintainer.

Consider using package ‘future.batchtools’ instead.

I’m happy to see that we can suggest another package on our archived package pages. All I did to get this was to mention it in my email to CRAN:


please archive the ‘future.BatchJobs’ package. It has zero reverse dependencies. The package has been labelled deprecated for a long time now and has been superseded by the ‘future.batchtools’ package.

Thank you,

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