[Bioc-devel] Short URLs for packages?

Dan Tenenbaum dtenenba at fredhutch.org
Mon Mar 23 17:29:57 CET 2015

On March 23, 2015 9:18:57 AM PDT, "Tim Triche, Jr." <tim.triche at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Packages are (read: should be, IMHO) published, citable pieces of
>research, though. Imagine if a paper you cite were silently updated
>without the doi/citation changing. That wouldn't be good 
>I don't disagree, but the existing setup does nothing to address that.
>Citation('limma'), for example, does.
>.../release/... and .../devel/... can change at any time, potentially
>overnight (with or without a new BioC release).  The only real way to
>cite an exact version is to cite that exact version, which is already
>the proper way to do things and would remain unaffected by this, at
>least AFAIK. 
>Perhaps a useful addendum would be for the mnemonic 
>To redirect to
>And then everything is explicit. 
>Does that address the competing issues discussed herein?  

Note that 'release' and 'devel' are just symlinks to the current release and devel versions. I.e. currently 3.0 and 3.1 respectively. So you can always link directly to a specific version. 


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