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One year ago (tomorrow) drat 0.1.0 was released. It held up rather well, but a number of small fixes and enhancements piled up, along with somewhat-finished to still-raw additions to the examples/ sections. With that, we are happy to announce drat release 0.1.1 which arrived on CRAN earlier today.

drat stands for drat R Archive Template, and helps with easy-to-create and easy-to-use repositories for R packages. Since its inception in early 2015 it has found reasonably widespread adoption among R users because repositories is what we use. In other words, friends don’t let friends use install_github(). Just kidding. Maybe. Or not.

This version 0.1.1 builds on the previous release from one year ago. Several users sent in nicely focused pull request, and I added a bit of spit and polish here and there.

The NEWS file (added belatedly in this release) summarises the release as follows:

#### Changes in drat version 0.1.1 (2016-08-07)

• Changes in drat functionality

• Use dir.exists, leading to versioned Depends on R (>= 3.2.0)

• Optionally pull remote before insert (Mark in PR #38)

• Fix support for dots (Jan G. in PR #40)

• Accept dots in package names (Antonio in PR #48)

• Switch to htpps URLs at GitHub (Colin in PR #50)

• Support additional fields in PACKAGE file (Jan G. in PR #54)

• Changes in drat documentation

• Further improvements and clarifications to vignettes

• Travis script switched to run.sh from our fork

• This NEWS file was (belatedly) added

Courtesy of CRANberries, there is a comparison to the previous release. More detailed information is on the drat page.

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