[BioC] R and BioC package installation
sfalcon at fhcrc.org
Thu Apr 28 16:12:01 CEST 2005
To follow up on James' comments, when Bioconductor started, R's
install.packages and friends did not have a way of handling
dependencies between packages.
Bioconductor was one of the first collections of packages that had a
complicated/deep dependency structure. In many ways this is a good
thing as it demonstrates code reuse and collaboration. The project
had to "roll its own" package installation code in order to deal with
In the latest release of R, the package installation tools have been
vastly improved. They are now capable of resolving dependencies
between a collection of package repositories.
The Bioconductor team is evaluating to what extent we can utilize the
new capabilities built into R and move away or adapt the reposTools
I think we will continue to have an install script ala getBioC in
order to simplify the process and provide some themed installs, as
Hope that helps a bit for some background.
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