[Bioc-devel] Package additional maintainers

Martin Morgan martin.morgan at roswellpark.org
Thu Nov 2 11:08:02 CET 2017

On 11/02/2017 03:39 AM, Fatemehsadat Seyednasrollah wrote:
> Thanks for the responses.
> So, the answer is yes for git and no for CRAN.
> But still I guess Stephanie's response is about additional maintainer for the package itself but not the git (?).

It's not clear what you're saying here. 'git' is a version control 
system, you can do anything you want.

CRAN and Bioconductor policy is for a single individual listed in the 
Maintainer: field.

Bioconductor allows multiple individuals to have write access to a 
package repository at git.bioconductor.org, so long as the Maintainer: 
of the package has asked that additional individuals have write access.


> Best regards,
> Fatemeh
> ________________________________________
> From: Bioc-devel <bioc-devel-bounces at r-project.org> on behalf of Martin Morgan <martin.morgan at roswellpark.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 12:10 AM
> To: Stephanie M. Gogarten; bioc-devel at r-project.org
> Subject: Re: [Bioc-devel] Package additional maintainers
> On 10/31/2017 04:57 PM, Stephanie M. Gogarten wrote:
>> Is this a new policy? Will packages that currently have multiple
>> maintainers be required to remove all but one?
>> All three of the packages I maintain have multiple maintainers listed.
>> In two cases, I added a second maintainer to the packages before I went
>> on parental leave, to ensure that someone would be able to respond to
>> issues in a timely manner. In the third case, I took over primary
>> maintenance of a package from its original author, but he would still
>> like to able to submit changes to Bioconductor. In all these cases, I
>> think the ability to have multiple maintainers has improved the
>> reliability of the packages, rather than the reverse.
> There are several issues at play here.
> Who has git access? More than one person can. To enable that, someone
> currently with git access should send email, cc'ing the person they want
> to extend git access to, to packages at bioconductor.org. This isn't
> necessary or even a good idea in this era of git -- just host your
> repository somewhere else, managing your contributors / co-maintainers
> how you see fit, and have one person designated as 'pushing to bioc'.
> What about in the DESCRIPTION file? Yes, the policy is that there is a
> single 'Maintainer' listed, for the reasons that Wolfgang mentions -- we
> contact the maintainer with a problem, the maintainer responds (maybe
> after coordinating with others on their team). As opposed to us sending
> an email to four maintainers, each thinking that the other one will
> handle things, etc.
> And then of course there is policy versus practice. The single
> maintainer in the DESCRIPTION field is checked when the package is
> submitted, but not subsequently, so...
> Martin
>> Stephanie
>> On 10/31/17 4:16 AM, Wolfgang Huber wrote:
>>> In this matter, Bioconductor follows the CRAN policy:
>>> https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/policies.html
>>> "The package’s DESCRIPTION file must show both the name and email
>>> address of a single designated maintainer (a person, not a mailing
>>> list)."
>>> I understand that the intention for this is to have a single point of
>>> contact for package-related queries from others. This person can then,
>>> of course, delegate the work as they see fit.
>>>       Kind regards
>>>           Wolfgang
>>> 31.10.17 10:45, Fatemehsadat Seyednasrollah scripsit:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I wanted to ask how can I add additional maintainers who can update
>>>> git and consequently the package. I think there should be
>>>> instructions but I could nt find.
>>>> Best regards,
>>>> Fatemeh
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