Seth Falcon sfalcon at fhcrc.org
Fri Jul 21 03:21:55 CEST 2006

asr at ufl.edu (Allen S. Rout) writes:

> Prof Brian Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:
>> And that is the reason: everyone who downloads pays the price for unneeded 
>> fields in that file.  It was a deliberate decision to minimize download 
>> times, which are already substantial for people on a dialup connection.
> OK, that meets the definition of "not well recieved" ;) 

For the Bioconductor project, we also wanted more information to be
programatically available regarding the packages in a repository.
Instead of bloating the PACKAGES file, we put a separate file, VIEWS
in our repository.  Here is an example:


This file is used to generate the HTML pages that describe our
packages (happy to share the code for generating the VIEWS file if you

So, if you were able to host a CRAN mirror, you could annotate it

+ seth

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