Re: [Rd] Re: [R] A long digression on packages

From: M. Edward (Ed) Borasky <>
Date: Sun 05 Jun 2005 - 19:48:38 GMT

Duncan Murdoch wrote:

> Of course, with disk sizes as they are now, it's not unreasonable to
> install all of the contributed CRAN packages on a PC. Then
> *will* do searches through them all.

Some of them are very specialized, and some of them have non-CRAN dependencies. I've done a few "load everything from CRAN" operations on my Linux boxes, only to overflow the warnings list with missing Linux software. And, as an example, I have zero use for molecular biology packages.

Dirk Eddelbuettel has done a lot of work integrating the CRAN and other R package collections with the Debian GNU/Linux package management system. This rather neatly solves the non-CRAN dependency problems, at least for Debian.

Other people have done similar things for Perl packages and Common Lisp packages, both in Debian and in Gentoo's Portage package management system. CRAN could easily be integrated into Portage, but nobody has stepped forward to volunteer. Maybe when I retire ... :)

And where does this leave Windows users? There's nothing like Debian or Portage for them; CRAN would have to build it from scratch. mailing list Received on Mon Jun 06 05:51:14 2005

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