[R-pkg-devel] renaming a package

Duncan Murdoch murdoch.duncan at gmail.com
Mon Jul 20 00:53:44 CEST 2015

On 19/07/2015 6:19 PM, Jonathan Callahan wrote:
> We are developing a suite of three packages related to seismology. As I was
> dealing with 64 bit compilation issues that became apparent from a previous
> submission attempt, another package with the name 'seismic' was accepted to
> This brings up two issues:
> 1) CRAN might wish to have better package naming guidelines than "short and
> sweet, first come, first served".
> As the number of packages continues to rise, it might be useful to have
> java style *OrganizationPackage* naming. In our case, we are now going to
> release the core seismic data package as 'IRISSeismic'.

I don't see a need for this.  If you want to do it for your packages, go

> 2) What is the best practice for renaming a package that has already been
> accepted to CRAN?
> We had previously released a 'seismicRoll' package that we may now wish to
> rename 'IRISSeismicRoll'.

Rename it and submit it.  In your message to CRAN, mention that you are
renaming it from seismicRoll, and say why the name seismicRoll is no
longer appropriate.

Don't do this too often, but there's no problem doing it occasionally,
when there's a good reason to do so.

Duncan Murdoch

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