Re: Linux packages of R [was Re: R-beta: R rules!]

Dirk Eddelbuettel (
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 20:43:47 -0500 (EST)

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Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 20:43:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Linux packages of R [was Re: R-beta: R rules!]
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From: Dirk Eddelbuettel <>

  Douglas> For R I will try to create both "stable" (i.e. Debian 1.3.1) and
  Douglas> "unstable" (Debian 2.0) packages.  Only the "unstable" will be
  Douglas> officially distributed as part of Debian.  

Just to clarify: The 'stable' distribution does not get augmented by new (and
potentially buggy) packages. Those go into 'unstable' which is Debian's
current development-in-progress. Once all issues with the development
distribution are ironed out, 'unstable' is released and becomes the new
'stable'. So R will officially be distributed by Debian on the upcoming 2.0
release (no timeline; Debian is often a little late with releases anyway).

The current work on 'unstable' aka Debian 2.0 comprises, among other things,
the conversion to libc6 which takes some time to resolve. That's why it's a
good idea to offer libc5 (== Debian 1.3) versions of R once 0.60 is out.

Looking forward to working with Douglas' R packages!

Cheers, Dirk

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