cran2deb: Would you like 1700+ new Debian / R packages ?

July 13, 2009
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As I mentioned in my
quick write-up of UseR 2009
, one of my talks was about cran2deb: a system
to turn (essentially) all CRAN packages into
directly apt-get-able binary packages.

This is essentially a ‘2.0’ version of earlier work with Steffen Moeller and David
Vernazobres which we had presented in 2007. Then, the approach was top-down
and monolithic which started to show its limits. This time, the idea was to
borrow the successful bottom-up approach of my
CRANberries feed.

The bulk of the work was done by Charles Blundell as part of his Google Summer of Code
2008 project which I had suggested and mentored. After that project had
concluded, we both felt we should continue with it and bring it to
‘production’. The CRAN hosts provided us with a (virtual Xen) machine to build
on, and we are now ready to more publically announce the availability of the
repositories for i386 and amd64:

  deb http://debian.cran.r-project.org/cran2deb/debian-i386 testing/

and

  deb http://debian.cran.r-project.org/cran2deb/debian-amd64 testing/

A few more details are provided in
our presentation slides.
We look forward to hearing from folks using; the r-sig-debian list
may be a good venue for this.

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