[R-pkg-devel] Are import-export-only packages allowed on CRAN?
richierocks at gmail.com
Wed Jul 8 20:05:55 CEST 2015
I emailed the CRAN hotline, and Kurt H's response was:
> I see no problem with this.
> (Having packages which put lots of other packages on the search path are
> a problem: but I understand you won't be doing that, and instead import
> and re-export, right?)
On 6 July 2015 at 14:36, Marc Schwartz <marc_schwartz at me.com> wrote:
>> On Jul 6, 2015, at 5:47 AM, Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd at debian.org> wrote:
>> Hi Richie,
>> On 5 July 2015 at 19:17, Richard Cotton wrote:
>> | One piece of feedback that I received at useR was that the assertive
>> | package is getting too big, and should be broken down into smaller
>> | pieces.
>> | I want to split the functionality into assertive.base,
>> | assertive.types, and a few others, then have the assertive package as
>> | a virtual package (suggestions for better terminology welcomed) that
>> | just imports and reexports the contents of the underlying pieces.
>> | That way end-users can can still type library(assertive) and have the
>> | same behaviour as before, and package developers who worry about
>> | having lightweight dependencies can just use the parts that they need.
>> | Before I do the refactoring, I wanted to check that it is OK to have a
>> | package without any of its own content (other than vignettes) on CRAN.
>> | Is it OK?
>> That is a pure CRAN question; maybe someone from CRAN wants to chime in or
>> else you need to ask directly.
>> Greg Warnes has/had such a meta package (which I look after in Debian as a
>> still-existing-there whole and componentds), and Henrik does too. What **I
>> think** the practice is now discouraged somewhere in WRE or CRP. But no
>> direct reference, sorry,
> If you are referring to a package “bundle”, they were deprecated in R 2.10.0 and put into defunct status in R 2.11.0. That is from the NEWS file:
> There is no longer any reference to them in R-Exts.
> Greg’s “gregmisc” bundle is no longer active on CRAN, in deference to using his component packages directly.
> Marc Schwartz
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