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

From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <>
Date: Sun 05 Jun 2005 - 21:28:02 GMT

On 5 June 2005 at 12:48, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:
| 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.

Thanks for the kind mention but I'm afraid that is actually not quite correct. We do now have some 50 or so CRAN packages in Debian ... but that does not solve the updating "problem". I.e. if you install those Debian packages, and then ask R to do update.packages() it has no notion of what came from manual installation (and should get updated) and what came from Debian and should get a new package via apt-get. In Quantian, I use the existing Debian package and then fill 'by hand' to get fairly complete coverage.

Also, compared to CRAN, we're not providing that much coverage. There is, however, work going on behind the scenes to provide /most/ of CRAN via auto-generated Debian packages, preferably in an apt-get'able archive. We're not ready yet to lift the curtain. But if there's someone out here in the Debian and R intersection interested and willing to help (with some crude Perl coding), let me/us know and we'll get you involved.

Regards, Dirk

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