Re: R-alpha: R and Linux RedHat-4.1

Douglas Bates (bates@stat.wisc.edu)
Wed, 19 Mar 1997 08:58:17 -0600 (CST)


Message-Id: <m0w7Mp3-000hh5C@franz.stat.wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 1997 08:58:17 -0600 (CST)
From: Douglas Bates <bates@stat.wisc.edu>
To: Martyn Plummer <plummer@iarc.fr>
Subject: Re: R-alpha: R and  Linux RedHat-4.1
In-Reply-To: <199703181121.MAA13439@hypatia.math.ethz.ch>

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>>>>> "Martyn" == Martyn Plummer <plummer@iarc.fr> writes:

  Martyn> Looking at Kurt's FAQ I see that a big jump in the version
  Martyn> number (to 0.50) is coming.  Perhaps this would be a good
  Martyn> time to start distributing binary packages for R.

  Martyn> It is surprisingly easy to create an RPM package for RedHat
  Martyn> Linux.  If nobody has done this already I volunteer to
  Martyn> create one and keep it up to date, starting with 0.50.

  Martyn> My only problem is that I don't have a DNS registered ftp
  Martyn> server, though I'm planning to change this in the next
  Martyn> couple of months. Would it be OK to upload a binary
  Martyn> distribution into pub/incoming on the Auckland ftp server?

There has been some brief discussion of creating an RPM package or a
.deb package for Debian Linux before and I think it is a very good
idea.  One thing about the Debian packages is that they are signed
with a PGP signature.  I'm just tossing out the idea that it may be a
good idea to determine a way in which "official" R binary
distributions or add-on libraries could have digital signatures on
them.  The Internet is getting to be a big place and not everyone out
there is wearing a white hat.  We could show how forward-looking the
R-testers community is by providing a means to verify that the package
or add-on you install is the same as the one that was originally
created and that it came from the person who claims to have made it.

- -- 
Douglas Bates                            bates@stat.wisc.edu
Statistics Department                    608/262-2598
University of Wisconsin - Madison


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