[R-sig-Debian] Ubuntu cran2deb PPA

Tim Booth tbooth at ceh.ac.uk
Mon Feb 11 13:31:31 CET 2013

Dear Michael,

I was looking up the status of the cran2deb effort and notice that you
now have a PPA where new packages are landing and being built for
Ubuntu.  It looks like this is still a work in progress, but is already
a fantastic resource for me and I hope it is something that you can
continue to operate.

I'm now installing many of these packages but some things I need are
missing.  I'm hoping I can get these built and contribute my results and
any other bug fixes I make back to you. As the Bio-Linux maintainer and
a contributor to Debian-Med I'm very familiar with DEB building and
general Ubuntu hacking.  I'm not an R user but I know the basics (and
I'm supporting several big time R users here who can help me out).

As far as I'm aware, the packages on cran2deb4ubuntu will have been
built from a selection of auto-generated sources spat out from cran2deb.
There used to be a page where these could be downloaded but I can't find
it any more (or am I just going blind?).  Is there somewhere I can snag
the source packages used for the PPA?  Should I just download and run
cran2deb myself to obtain them?  Also, what's the best way to contribute
back to you?

FYI, the first packages on my hitlist are (mostly from bioconductor):

pcaMethods (should be easy)
bitseq (I just packaged the standalone version -  https://launchpad.net/~tbooth/+archive/ppa1/+packages)
biomaRt (probably a PITA, not looked yet)



Tim Booth <tbooth at ceh.ac.uk>
NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre 

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