[Bioc-devel] New DESCRIPTION fields in build products

Obenchain, Valerie V@lerie@Obench@in @ending from Ro@wellP@rk@org
Wed Jun 20 17:33:57 CEST 2018

This is an FYI on some changes made to the build products and VIEWS files.

The build system code was recently modified to add 5 new fields to the DESCRIPTION file of the build products. These fields only appear in the built tarball or binary (not source code) and are parsed into the VIEWS files. The data in VIEWS are used for building parts of the website such as landing pages, badges, etc.

The new fields:

git_url: The url for the source code on the git server.
git_branch: The git branch (master or RELEASE_3_7).
git_last_commit: Last git commit hash.
git_last_commit_date: Last git commit date.
Date/Publication: Date the built package was propagated to the repo and became available via biocLite().

The VIEWS files for devel:


The VIEWS file is only updated when a package is propagated (version bump). To make these fields available in the devel VIEWS, we force propagated all devel packages. We did not do the same for release because of consistency issues with 'Date/Publication'. Because of this, the devel VIEWS has the fields for all packages but release VIEWS has them only for packages that had a version bump.


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