[Bioc-devel] Do we have an unpacked archive for BioC, so that we can URL link to individual files ?

Martin Morgan martin.morgan at roswellpark.org
Fri Nov 17 10:31:52 CET 2017

On 11/17/2017 04:08 AM, Neumann, Steffen wrote:
> Hi,
> I would like to have a URL to individual files
> we have in BioC packages. This is useful
> e.g. if I need test data from, say, the msdata package,
> in another context.
> In the SVN days, I was able to point directly
> into the SVN repo with readonly:readonly access.
> We also had the (now deprecated) way to link to:
> https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Bioconductor-mirror/xcms/master/DESCRIPTION
> -> Is there anything comparable today ?

I think the git archive command might do the trick, but it requires ssh 
(i.e., write) access to the repository

git archive --remote=git at git.bioconductor.org:packages/xcms \
      master DESCRIPTION | tar -xf -

> It could be as simple as a directory tree
> of a working copies of all https://git.bioconductor.org/
> served by the apache (or whatever) web server,
> or (a bit cooler) a gitweb or similar http interface.
> Wouldn't that be a fantastic christmas present
> for us users and developers :-) ?
> Yours,
> Steffen

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