[Bioc-devel] choosing R version dependency for existing packages
mtmorg@n@bioc @ending from gm@il@com
Sat Nov 3 09:37:35 CET 2018
If users are 'playing by the books' and using BiocManager::install(), the version of R is coupled with the version of Bioconductor / your package, so specifying an R version is irrelevant. In addition, saying your package has a dependency R >=... implies that there will be no breaking changes in some future R, which requires a certain amount of foresight. And using R itself would seem to be a requirement for an R package. So in principle my feeling is that it doesn't make sense to include R or an R version as a dependency.
In a more practical setting it might be that your package depends on a specific feature of R, or that you yourself are only confident that a particular version of R will provide the needs of your package. It might then be appropriate to specify that R version. Again in the domain of the ideal, new R features would be introduced in R-devel, with bug fixes only in the point releases. So a dependency like R >= 3.5.0 would seem appropriate.
I'm not sure whether these comments are helpful or not... __
On 11/2/18, 3:19 PM, "Bioc-devel on behalf of Paul Shannon" <bioc-devel-bounces using r-project.org on behalf of paul.thurmond.shannon using gmail.com> wrote:
A user of MotifDb requests - sensibly, I think - that I loosen the requirement
Depends: R (>= 3.5.1)
which I added before the release. This seems sensible and supported by, for example, R (>= 2.10) in GenomicRanges.
Is this, then, the heuristic?
- new packages should depend on the lastest release of R
- older existing packages should depend on earlier
versions of R, possibly sticking with the version of R in
which they originally appeared, as long as they have not
been subsequently modified to use new R features.
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