[Bioc-devel] Preparing package release notes - deadline Friday, March 30

Dan Tenenbaum dtenenba at fhcrc.org
Sat Mar 24 23:07:20 CET 2012

Package developers --

Each Bioconductor release is accompanied by release notes that mention
new packages and other significant project developments. Once again,
for the forthcoming release we would also like to include release
notes for individual packages, so that users have an easy way to
survey changes in their favorite packages.

To have your package release notes made available in the Bioconductor
release notes, please arrange for your package to include a NEWS.Rd or
NEWS file that can be parsed by the utils::news function. We'll run
this command over all packages, using a 'query' argument that captures
all updates more recent than the start of the current release cycle.
For instance, Rsamtools in the devel branch is at version "1.7.41", so
we'll get news with

utils::news(Version >= "1.7.0", "Rsamtools")

resulting in:

Changes in version 1.8.0:


    o   update samtools to github commit


    o   readBamGappedAlignments handles empty 'tag' fields

    o   scanTabix would omit variants overlapping range ends

    o   scanFa would segfault on empty files or empty ids

See ?news for more detail. We will collate these files on Friday,
March 30th, at 5PM Seattle time, so please have your updates ready by


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