Re: [Rd] Creating RPMs for Packages

From: Marc Schwartz <marc_schwartz_at_me.com>
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 12:50:27 -0600

On Jan 6, 2010, at 12:35 PM, Max Kuhn wrote:

> My company is trying to manage R installations across a number large
> SMP machines. We're thinking out the best way to manage the packages
> installs and updates. They would be happy if we could work out RPM's
> for package installations (traceable, easily facilitated with existing
> sw management tools).
>
> I don't know a lot and RPMs beyond how to use them, but it seems
> plausible to write R code to create the RPM package. If we need to
> update package X, which triggers and update of ancillary packages Y
> and Z, it should be possible to use available.packages() to figure out
> the dependencies, download the sources, write out the RPM headers and
> package things up.
>
> Before I try to write any code, does anyone see any issues with this
> (or has it already been done)? Is this a ridiculous approach?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Max

Max,

It would certainly be beneficial for you or someone at your shop to get intimately familiar with creating RPM packages for Fedora/RHEL if that is the way you want to go. There are various detail issues involved in creating RPMs and for R packages specifically.

The following page from the Fedora wiki would likely serve as a starting point for creating and maintaining R related RPMs:

   https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:R

The Fedora and RHEL/EPEL folks (basically the same people) are providing standardized RPMs for selected CRAN packages and it would make sense from a consistency perspective, not to mention not re- inventing the wheel, to learn from their activity.

The R package managers involved in maintaining the R related RPMs have their own e-mail list which you might find helpful, albeit the volume there is low:

   https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/fedora-r-devel-list

and of course we have our own Fedora SIG:

   https://stat.ethz.ch/mailman/listinfo/r-sig-fedora

HTH, Marc Schwartz



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