[Bioc-devel] Preparing package release notes

Gordon K Smyth smyth at wehi.EDU.AU
Wed Mar 27 21:37:46 CET 2013

Hi Dan,

You say that the notes will be collated no later than Monday, but that 
suggests it could be earlier.  What's the latest day we can continue to 
make edits for NEWS.Rd and other documentation for the coming release?

Thanks a lot

> Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:59:17 -0700
> From: Dan Tenenbaum <dtenenba at fhcrc.org>
> To: "bioc-devel at r-project.org" <bioc-devel at r-project.org>
> Subject: [Bioc-devel] Preparing package release notes
> Package developers --
> Each Bioconductor release is accompanied by release notes that mention
> new packages and other significant project developments. 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 "1.11.27", so
> we'll get news with
>> utils::news(Version >= "1.11.0", "Rsamtools")
> Changes in version 1.12.0:
>    o   BamSampler draws a random sample from BAM file records, obeying
> any restriction by ScanBamParam().
>    o   bamPath and bamIndicies applied to BamViews returns named
> vectors.
>    o   completely free razip, bgzip files when done.
>    o   sortBam, indexBam fail gracefully on non-BAM input.
>    o   headerTabix on an open TabixFile no longer reads the first
> record
>    o   scanBcfHeader provides informative error message when header
> line ('#CHROM POS ...') is missing
> See ?news for more detail. We will collate these files no later than Monday,
> April 1.
> Thanks,
> Dan

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