[Bioc-devel] Switch to SSH protocol for git clone instructions on package landing pages?

Peter Hickey peter.hickey at gmail.com
Sun Apr 29 17:57:51 CEST 2018

Ah, thanks both Joris and Nitesh. I didn't appreciate that SSH access is
limited to those with a public key registered on the git server.

On Sun, 29 Apr 2018 at 11:50 Turaga, Nitesh <Nitesh.Turaga at roswellpark.org>

> Hi Pete,
> For developers there is no reason not to use the SSH protocol. But there
> are many people who’d like to clone the repo and look at it on their local
> machine.
> Take for example packages which are not maintained on both the
> bioconductor server and Github. For these packages, a good way for users to
> browse the source code on their local machine is using the HTTPS protocol,
> since they will not have access to download it via SSH ( you need
> permissions to do this).
> We always advocate developers to only use SSH though. For everyone else,
> HTTPS is the best option.
> Best,
> Nitesh
> > On Apr 29, 2018, at 10:03 AM, Peter Hickey <peter.hickey at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > The one-liner on the package landing page describing how to check out
> > a package from the git repo uses HTTPS rather than ssh, e.g.:
> >
> > # From https://bioconductor.org/packages/bsseq/
> > git clone https://git.bioconductor.org/packages/bsseq
> >
> > However, as a developer we should be using the SSH protocol
> > (https://bioconductor.org/developers/how-to/git/faq/).
> >
> > Is there any reason not to use the SSH protocol (i.e. git clone
> > git at git.bioconductor.org:packages/bsseq) in the instructions given on
> > the landing page? It seems to me an unnecessary source of friction,
> > particularly for new developers who will end up with the dreaded
> > "fatal: remote error: FATAL: W any packages/myPackage nobody DENIED by
> > fallthru (or you mis-spelled the reponame)" error message if they
> > don't know to switch protocols
> > (https://bioconductor.org/developers/how-to/git/faq/)
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Pete
> >
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