[Bioc-devel] More than 4Mb

Martin Morgan mtmorgan at fhcrc.org
Mon Aug 26 00:52:54 CEST 2013

On 08/25/2013 12:55 PM, Hernandez Ferrer, Carles wrote:
> Dear All,
> I have developed a package that uses 3 binary files (Affymetrix Power Tools).
> I thought to include them into the package but the executables size is more
> than the 4Mb allow by Biocondutor. Mus I create some type of experimental
> package to include this executables or I have to inform to the user it must
> download the APT to be able to use it in the developed package?

In this case, and given the size and complexity of APT, I think the user should 
be required to download and install these binaries separately; the only real 
alternative is to include the source code and adapt the APT compilation process 
to work with the compilers used by R (this later may be trivial or otherwise, I 
have not looked).

Your package should check that an appropriate version of APT is installed 
correctly, in a way that works across the major platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux).

Requiring APT will introduce a significant obstacle to your users, so you should 
be very sure that the functionality provided by APT is not already available in 
the many packages already handling microarrays in Bioconductor.


> Thanks in advance.
> C.
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