[Bioc-devel] CRAN package with Bioconductor dependencies

Hervé Pagès hpages at fredhutch.org
Thu Mar 5 02:21:26 CET 2015

Hi Gordon,

On 03/04/2015 02:12 PM, Gordon Brown wrote:
> Hi,
>>> Hi, Bioc-devel folks,
>>> Is there an accepted way to migrate a package from CRAN to BioC?
>>>   CRAN's policy says, "The package�s license must give the right for
>>> CRAN to distribute the package in perpetuity."...
>>> Is it enough to request that CRAN archive the package, then submit it
>>> as a new package to BioC?  I own a CRAN package (msarc) that
>>> probably should have been in BioC from the start, but isn't.
>>>   Suggestions?
>> I can't speak to the CRAN policy side of things, but several packages have migrated from CRAN to Bioconductor.
>> At a minimum, you need to make sure that the version in Bioconductor is higher than the version in CRAN, but you should also definitely ask CRAN to archive the package. The way Bioconductor works, your package will first be available only in the devel version, but will then become available in the release version after our next release. Currently we're scheduled to release 3.1 on April 17 and the deadline for package submissions for this release is March 27.
>> Dan
> Thanks, Dan.   I'll check with the CRAN folks to see what they say, and pass along anything significant regarding policy etc.  It's not a crisis if there's a lag between getting it archived at CRAN and into the release version of Bioconductor.

The CRAN folks will ask you to proceed the other way around. First
submit your package to Bioconductor. Only after we release (in April), 
ask them to remove and archive your package. It makes sense since this
ensures continuous availability of the package.


> Cheers,
>   - Gord
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