Re: [Rd] DESCRIPTION and PACKAGES files.

From: Seth Falcon <sfalcon_at_fhcrc.org>
Date: Fri 21 Jul 2006 - 01:21:55 GMT

asr@ufl.edu (Allen S. Rout) writes:

> Prof Brian Ripley <ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:
>
>> And that is the reason: everyone who downloads pays the price for unneeded
>> fields in that file. It was a deliberate decision to minimize download
>> times, which are already substantial for people on a dialup connection.
>
> OK, that meets the definition of "not well recieved" ;)

For the Bioconductor project, we also wanted more information to be programatically available regarding the packages in a repository. Instead of bloating the PACKAGES file, we put a separate file, VIEWS in our repository. Here is an example:

http://bioconductor.org/packages/1.8/bioc/VIEWS

This file is used to generate the HTML pages that describe our packages (happy to share the code for generating the VIEWS file if you like).

So, if you were able to host a CRAN mirror, you could annotate it similarly.

+ seth



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