Bug#617296: Any Progress with RStudio?
[Bug CCed since the discussion was started there - should be moved
to Debian Med devel list, but I personally do not have to say much
On Thu, May 15, 2014 at 04:24:06PM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> Part of the bitrot might be caused by the fact that on my side, I have stopped
> working on R packages because the FTP team made quite clear that my
> The main
> problem with this rule is that it makes it too hard to introduce new packages.
While I agree that geting new R packages accepted has become harder by
the new rule I think this is totally different from the issue Dirk was
addressing. He is claiming since a long time that we are not coping
with upstream in our packaging and we should rather add less packages.
Even if you named a counter example it is usually not needed in most
cases to add new dependencies - we are simply lagging behind upstream
despite the fact that usually upgrading a R package is brain dead
simple. I agree that the pure fact Dirk is stating is true: Yes, we
are lagging behind upstream.
My point is that we are delivering Debian stable *releases* to
scientists and we are offering a good amount of quite up to date
software in testing/unstable. I think there was not a single request
for a "new upstream version available" from any user who was not
answered right in time (= less than one week) accept in the case of
severe technical difficiulties (for instance r-bioc-cummerbund took
quite long for a long chain of new dependencies in times of slow
acceptance of packages). But these difficulties are not the point here.
I personally do not see my time well spent to hunt behind any minor CRAN
package update which are quite frequent. I rather do regular overhaul
of the R packages at certain points in time (preferably) in time before
we freeze. I also plan such an overhaul in June to get all the
BioConductor packages refreshed. Everybody else is really welcome to
push needed changes to SVN / Git and ping me for an upload. However,
the simple fact that some R package has a new upstream version does not
pull a trigger on my side. Dirk has simply a different opinion which is
fine for me but I'm bored to discuss this over and over.