[Bioc-devel] Package size note

Shepherd, Lori Lori@Shepherd @ending from Ro@wellP@rk@org
Mon May 14 13:15:49 CEST 2018

Please review the package guidelines -


Generally, Bioconductor will insist that the R CMD built package tar.gz be less than 4MB for software packages (There are some exceptions for data experiment or annotation packages).

If this is a software packages,  there are a few options

With large data files:

1.  Reduce the size of the data.  A full data set is often not needed to display the functionality and utility of a package.  A reduced smaller subset of data is recommended

2.  See if there is already existing data available in one of the data experiment packages or experimenthub that can be used instead of providing new data.

3. separate out the data files into a separate associate data experiment package or use the experimenthub to store data.

Are you generating or providing a lot of static image files for the vignette?  There might also be some opportunity to reduce the size but have images generated automatically if this is the case.

Lori Shepherd

Bioconductor Core Team

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

Elm & Carlton Streets

Buffalo, New York 14263

From: Bioc-devel <bioc-devel-bounces at r-project.org> on behalf of Kenneth Condon <roonysgalbi at gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2018 6:23:02 PM
To: bioc-devel
Subject: [Bioc-devel] Package size note

Hi all,

I almost have a clean R CMD check.

R CMD check results0 errors | 0 warnings | 1 note checking installed
package size ... NOTE
  installed size is  6.1Mb
  sub-directories of 1Mb or more:
    data   3.0Mb
    doc    2.9Mb

Firstly, do I need to get this below 5Mb?

Secondly, I don't have a sub-directory called 'doc' - what is this?


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