[Rd] Suggestion: Make CRAN source URLs immutable
jori@mey@ @ending from gm@il@com
Sat Nov 3 11:53:49 CET 2018
FWIW, you can get the URL and extract the link with extension from there.
Archived packages are always tarballs, so that makes the following possible:
url <- "https://cran.r-project.org/package=httr&version=1.3.0"
pkgurl <- gsub(".*(https://cran.+\\.tar.gz).*",
install.packages(pkgurl, type = "source", repos = NULL)
On Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 5:42 PM Iñaki Ucar <iucar using fedoraproject.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Oct 2018 at 11:40, Kurt Hornik <Kurt.Hornik using wu.ac.at> wrote:
> > >>>>> Kurt Wheeler writes:
> > Try e.g.
> > https://cran.r-project.org/package=httr&version=1.3.1
> > https://cran.r-project.org/package=httr&version=1.3.0
> This is a nice feature that I didn't know. I recently proposed
> enforcing this scheme in Fedora's packaging guidelines, because in
> this way, a SPEC would build correctly even if the package was updated
> and the old version was archived (is this guaranteed to continue to
> work in future? I assumed so...).
> There is an odd thing about this format though, and that is the
> absence of a file extension. This is a redirection, yes, but the
> spectool can't trust the filename that is sent by the remote server,
> and uses only the filename extracted from the URL.
> Without extension, RPM doesn't know how to unpack the sources. So we
> have to do the following similarly odd trick (note the "#"):
> Did you consider this problem? Is there any alternate immutable URL
> *with* extension? If not, is there any potential issue with the trick
> Iñaki Ucar
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