[R-pkg-devel] Seamless way for a CRAN-bound package to depend on a Bioconductor package?

Pavel Krivitsky pavel at uow.edu.au
Fri Jul 28 14:42:01 CEST 2017

Dear All,

There is a Bioconductor package (S4Vectors) whose functionality I want
to use in one of my packages, which I usually submit to CRAN.

At this time, install.packages() does not automatically fetch
dependencies from Bioconductor as far as I can tell, though it can be
told to do so via setRepostitory().

Is there any way to make it more seamless for the end-user?

I know that there is the 'Additional_repositories:' setting, but I
think that's for R CMD check only: although devtools::install()
understands it and the 'biocView:' setting, install.packages() does

Another option might be to make it a Suggested package and then force
its installation (if necessary) and loading in the .onLoad() function
of my package, but it's not clear whether that's CRAN-appropriate

				Thanks in advance,

Pavel Krivitsky
Lecturer in Statistics
National Institute of Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA)
School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics | Building 39C Room 154
University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia
T +61 2 4221 3713
Web (NIASRA): http://niasra.uow.edu.au/index.html
Web (Personal): http://www.krivitsky.net/research
ORCID: 0000-0002-9101-3362

NOTICE: This email is intended for the addressee named and may contain
confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient, please
delete it and notify the sender. Please consider the environment before
printing this email.

More information about the R-package-devel mailing list