[Rd] MASS (and class, nnet, spatial) for R 2.10.0 ?

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Thu Oct 15 02:06:45 CEST 2009

On 14 October 2009 at 18:54, Duncan Murdoch wrote:
| On 14/10/2009 6:42 PM, Dirk Eddelbuettel wrote:
| > Maybe I missed an announcement somewhere but having started with the usual
| > practice of putting R pre-releases into Debian unstable leading up to the
| > release of the next R version, I now find myself unable to do my daily
| > package maintenance as I only see VR 7.2-49 with its
| > 
| > 	Depends: 	R (≥ 2.5.0), R (≤ 2.9.2)
| > 
| > preventing use on R 2.10.0.   That stopped the update of the Debian package
| > r-cran-effects (which wants MASS) in its tracks.   
| > 
| > I see the somewhat hidden MASS 7.3-0 and 7.3-1 in
| > 
| > 	http://cran.r-project.org/src/contrib/Archive/MASS/
| > 
| > so should I be using these?  Along with the other components of VR ?
| Yes, see this news item:
|      o	Bundles of packages are deprecated.  See 'Writing R
| 	Extensions' for the steps needed to unbundle a bundle.

That of course I knew as a reader of both your NEWS feed [1] as well as my
own CRANberries [2] which carried e.g. Paul Gilbert's dse unbundling.

But that still does not answer my new MASS, nnet, spatial, class release are
not on CRAN in the usual location (eg $CRAN/src/contrib/) but socked away in
the Archive/ subdir.

| The VR bundle contained packages class, MASS, nnet, and spatial, which 
| are now separate recommended packages, whose source is included in the R 
| source tarball, or on CRAN in
| http://cran.r-project.org/src/contrib/2.10.0/Recommended/

I guess the fact that VR is special and included in R itself explains part of
it.  I forget about that angle.


[1] http://developer.r-project.org/blosxom.cgi/R-devel
[2] http://dirk.eddelbuettel.com/cranberries/
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