[R-sig-Debian] naming r-base files Ubuntu precise builds

Michael Rutter mar36 at psu.edu
Mon Apr 29 18:27:09 CEST 2013

On 04/29/2013 08:53 AM, Tobias Verbeke wrote:
> L.S.
> The Ubuntu precise builds of R 2.15.3 at
> http://cran.r-project.org/bin/linux/ubuntu/precise/
> have names for the r-base package that seem erroneous
> r-base_2.15.3-1precise0precise1.diff.gz	02-Mar-2013 14:09 	79K	
> r-base_2.15.3-1precise0precise1.dsc	02-Mar-2013 14:09 	2.4K	
> r-base_2.15.3-1precise0precise1_all.deb	02-Mar-2013 17:49 	37K
> Should this be
> r-base_2.15.3-1precise1.diff.gz
> r-base_2.15.3-1precise1.dsc
> r-base_2.15.3-1precise1_all.deb
> and, if yes, can this be fixed?
> Many thanks in advance!
> Best wishes,
> Tobias


That "feature" of the naming convention is a function of the process 
used to build the deb packages for Ubuntu.  I use a Launchpad PPA to 
build the binaries, then mirror them to CRAN.  Using Launchpad allows 
for the packages to be built on multiple architectures (386 and amd64 
and others in the future) without me having to maintain all those build 

The strange naming is one potential downside.  Every once in a while I 
need to upload a release of R twice to the PPA in order to fix a bug. 
Sometimes, this will result in names like you see above.  Once the 
package is built, I cannot fix the names.  However, it should not be 
causing any problems as apt/synaptic should install that as the latest 
version of R.  In my experience, it is only cosmetic and does not effect 
the upgrade process.

Hope this helps,

Dr. Michael A. Rutter
School of Science
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Station Road
Erie, PA 16563

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