[Bioc-devel] Short URLs for packages?

Robert Castelo robert.castelo at upf.edu
Thu Apr 30 09:57:36 CEST 2015

hi Dan,

one question about this, just to know whether this is intentional or 
should be fixed. i have noticed that these short URLs:




resolve to


while the page is correct, should not they be resolving to an URL 
starting with 'www' instead of 'master'? i.e.,


this is really minor, but i think it may create confusion when one sees 
the same page starting with 'www' or 'master'.



On 04/28/2015 08:08 PM, Dan Tenenbaum wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Wolfgang Huber"<whuber at embl.de> To:
>> bioc-devel at r-project.org Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015 3:17:03 AM
>> Subject: [Bioc-devel] Short URLs for packages?
>> I wonder whether it’d possible to have the website understand URLs
>> like http://www.bioconductor.org/<pkgname>
>> This could resolve to
>> http://www.bioconductor.org/packages/release/bioc/html/<pkgname>.html
>> http://www.bioconductor.org/packages/devel/bioc/html/<pkgname>.html
depending on whether the package was yet released.
>> This could be handy in papers or grants that mention packages.
> We came up with something close to this, but it does include the
> /packages/ segment because we think that's important.
> http://bioconductor.org/packages/BiocGenerics/
> - takes you to the release landing page, unless the package is only
> in devel, in which case it takes you to the devel landing page (which
> will contain suitable warnings/instructions about installing the
> devel version).
> You can also specify 'devel' or 'release' or a numbered Bioconductor
> version:
> http://bioconductor.org/packages/devel/BiocGenerics/
> http://bioconductor.org/packages/release/BiocGenerics/
> http://bioconductor.org/packages/3.2/BiocGenerics/
> http://bioconductor.org/packages/3.1/BiocGenerics/
> http://bioconductor.org/packages/3.0/BiocGenerics/ ...
> (The trailing slashes are optional in all of these).
> These are redirects and not forwards; that is, if you enter one of
> these short URLs, it won't remain in your browser's address bar but
> will change to one of the longer URLs. So they are sort of ephemeral
> in this way.
> We looked into doing these as forwards (i.e., short URL remains in
> address bar, but content from 'long' URL is served), which seems more
> useful, but there were too many problems with that; it breaks
> relative URLs and more importantly it breaks our mirrors which do not
> necessarily have the same content root as our web site.
> At any rate, the short URLs can be used in publications and other
> sites, and they are useful as a permanent link to the current release
> version of a package. We have added information about these short
> URLs to the emails we send to new package developers, so that they
> can use them in publications that reference their packages.
> Thanks, Dan
>> Wolfgang
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