[R-sig-Debian] packages in cran2deb and Debian

Liviu Andronic landronimirc at gmail.com
Fri Feb 12 01:23:12 CET 2010

On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 12:07 AM, Ross Boylan <ross at biostat.ucsf.edu> wrote:
> Some packages are available in cran2deb and Debian.  After adding
> cran2deb to my sources.list it seems the cran2deb ones are favored
> because X.Y-ZcranN is "more recent" than X.Y-Z.
Hmm, my experience has been different: Debian packages were preferred
over cran2deb. Can you give a specific example that bugs you?

> In the case of r-cran-rmpi the effect of this was to cause aptitude to
> want to uninstall all my mpi stuff.  Apparently the automatically
> generated package doesn't have mpi as a dependency.
Wouldn't it be sufficient to set mpi as "manually installed", as
opposed to automatically, as a dependency?

> Do people have any general advice about how to handle this situation?
You might want to try an approach similar to this [1].
[1] https://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-sig-debian/2009-December/000970.html

> There probably is no one rule for what to do.  The official packages are
> more carefully done, but the automatic packages may be more recent.  At
I am curious, what makes you think so?

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