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Re: Bug#659863: ITP: vegan -- Community Ecology Package for R

On Wed, 15 Feb 2012, Charles Plessy wrote:
> Le Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 10:35:57AM -0800, Don Armstrong a écrit :
> > On Tue, 14 Feb 2012, Charles Plessy wrote:
> > >   Package name    : vegan
> > 
> > New R packages shouldn't be added with a source name that does not
> > match the single binary package that they produce. Please consider
> > using r-cran-vegan for both the source and binary package names.
> I remember seeing a discussion somewhat recently; was it
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/11/msg00433.html or even
> more recent ?


among others.

> I must say that I am not particularly convinced, as I have seen R
> packages moving from Omegahat to CRAN, or from CRAN to Bioconductor,
> and renaming source packages is quite inconvenient.

Yes, but this is a fairly rare occurrence. [I'm actually not aware of
packages leaving cran completely for bioc... but it's certainly
> If there is a need to implement simple namespaces for our source
> packages, perhaps just "r-" would be enough ? But if we adopt a
> naming scheme, it would be great to record it somewhere.

I would be ok with r- as a prefix, but this should probably be
coordinated with Dirk Eddelbuettel. The disadvantage of using r- is
that cran and bioc could potentially have conflicting R libraries with
the same name... though admittedly, this has not happened yet to my
knowledge. [It would also need to be 
> Unless I am the only one to not use "r-cran-" as a prefix, or unless
> we reach a conclusion, I would prefer keeping "vegan" as a source
> package name.

I'm actually going to be using r-cran- and r-bioc- for the work I'm
doing building the entirety of cran to replace the currently defunct
debian-cran repository.

This probably should get reworked into a Debian R policy.

Don Armstrong

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the people.
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