[Bioc-devel] Managing Multiple GitHub Branches the Bioconductor Way

Shepherd, Lori Lor|@Shepherd @end|ng |rom Ro@we||P@rk@org
Wed Apr 24 13:04:26 CEST 2019

Please see



#17 of the FAQ  http://bioconductor.org/developers/how-to/git/faq/

You personally can create as many branches as you like for your own use.

We recommend the following and these are the upstream branches to link to:

Bioconductors stable release version should be on a branch RELEASE_3_9 (create a new one when the next release comes out, i.e RELEAES_3_10)

Biconductors development branch should be on the master branch

Each branch RELEASE_X_Y would support the previous stable versions of the package.

BiocManager will access the version the package was released under and greater.  Users of previous versions of R (if you support that) would have to install your github repository which can be done through the install function.  ie.  install("githubAccount/packagename").

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 using r-project.org> on behalf of Federico, Anthony, Nicholas <anfed using bu.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 9:06:03 PM
To: bioc-devel using r-project.org
Subject: [Bioc-devel] Managing Multiple GitHub Branches the Bioconductor Way

Hi All,

I have a basic question about structuring a GitHub repository for an accepted Bioconductor package that frequently adds new features. There would be three copies of the package.

1. Stable release currently on Bioconductor (Current version of R)
2. Developers branch for Bioconductor Devel (Next release of R)
3. A copy of the dev branch that supports prior versions of R

What would be the Bioconductor best practice for naming these three branches? Also does Bioconductor have a mechanism for allowing packages for previous versions of R to be installable through BiocManager?

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