[R-sig-Debian] cran2deb and Debian on cran

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd at debian.org
Wed Dec 15 19:37:33 CET 2010

On 14 December 2010 at 14:55, Ross Boylan wrote:
| What is the relation between the cran2deb repository,
| http://debian.cran.r-project.org/, and the debian repositories at CRAN,
| http://cran.r-project.org/bin/linux/debian/?  I've studied the pages and
| this list, but am unsure I've got it right.

There is none, really, apart from the fact that both are concerned with
getting R software onto Debian systems.

| My understanding is that cran2deb had almost all packages, targets
| testing, and currently is only supported for i386.

And is currently not operating while a redesign/rewrite takes place.

Hth, Dirk

| It appears the debian repo at CRAN provides backports of the core Debian
| packages (which include R as well as R packages) only, for i386 and
| amd64.
| And then there's Debian backports, which should be ignored for R?
| Is that right?
| Concretely, if I'm on Debian stable amd64 and want an R package not
| available from the official Debian distro, what are my choices?
| I think I need to build from source (the package, not the whole of R).
| If I pull a backported version of R into my system, could I also use
| cran2deb (if willing to accept the archive being stale)?
| Thanks.
| P.S. This is not a question about the need for build-dependencies if I'm
| building packages from source.  I (think I) understand that.
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