[Bioc-devel] version increments for unchanged packages

Gabe Becker becker.gabe at gene.com
Thu Jun 11 20:33:38 CEST 2015


As far as I know, it is so that package versions are unique to specific
releases of bioconductor. This has the benefits of

   1. providing assurances that that particular version of a package is
   tested and confirmed to work within that release, and
   2. enforces that the source code/data for a particular version of a
   package appears only and exactly once within the Bioconductor SVN

Together, these prevent there being ambiguity when a package needs to be
updated/fixed in the context of a particular release, both in terms of what
version needs to be fixed and where that fix needs to be applied.


On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 10:40 AM, Stephanie M. Gogarten <
sdmorris at u.washington.edu> wrote:

> Why is it that packages with no changes still get new version numbers at
> every release? For example, my experiment data package GWASdata has not
> changed since the last release, but the version was bumped from 1.4.0 to
> 1.6.0. I imagine most users expect that a change in version number
> indicates some change in content.
> Stephanie
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Gabriel Becker, Ph.D
Computational Biologist
Genentech Research

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