[Rd] MetaCran website v1.0.0-alpha

Gábor Csárdi csardi.gabor at gmail.com
Tue May 26 09:45:31 CEST 2015

On Mon, May 25, 2015 at 8:28 PM, Simon Urbanek <simon.urbanek at r-project.org>

> One issue I have with this is that it doesn't point to the original GitHub
> repositories of the packages, so you end up with additional repositories on
> Github in Gabor's name that have nothing to do with the actual Github
> repositories of the packages. I understand that it's technically necessary,
> but I fear it will lead to a lot of confusion...

Well, we point to the original GitHub repo is that is given in the URL
field. It would be nice to have an "official" field for source code
repository in DESCRIPTION.

But I agree with you that this has great potential for confusion. Several
people have been sending pull requests to github.com/cran repos, most of
them not realizing that they are not the right repos to fork. (Although
many packages are not on GH or any other similar service, and then are kind
of the places to fork.)

I could have a large warning popup on the link from r-pkg.org, with red
flags, and you would see this before the actual repo. But this has its own
problems, like being annoying after a while, how to turn it off with
browser cookies, etc.

The best would be to somehow have a warning on the GitHub repo pages, but
there isn't a lot I can modify there if I don't want to change/add the
README file, which would effectively change the package. I could probably
add 'WARNING: this is a read-only mirror, and not the original package
repository' to the one-line description on the top.

If you have other ideas, please let me know.


> On May 24, 2015, at 5:44 AM, Rainer M Krug <Rainer at krugs.de> wrote:
> > Gábor Csárdi <csardi.gabor at gmail.com> writes:
> >
> >> Dear All,
> >>
> >> [ I was wondering if this should have gone to the new mailing list.
> Maybe. ]
> >>
> >> As some of you maybe know from my earlier posts, I am building a simple
> >> search engine for R packages. Now the search engine has a proper web
> site,
> >> where you can also browse CRAN packages.
> >>
> >> http://www.r-pkg.org/
> >>
> >> As I see the value is in
> >> 1. package search (search box on top right)
> >> 2. APIs, see http://www.r-pkg.org/services
> >>
> >> It is in alpha version, meaning that things seem to work, some pages
> are a
> >> bit slow and there are a lot of glitches to fix.
> >
> > I had a quick peek, and it looks really nice! I particularly think the
> > github integration for diff-ing versions can be very use full!
> >
> > It might be an idea, to also add R itself to the github repo for
> > diff-ing?
> >
> > Thanks a lot,
> >
> > Rainer
> >
> >>
> >> Please tell me what you think.
> >>
> >> Best,
> >> Gabor
> >>
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> >>
> >
> > --
> > Rainer M. Krug
> > email: Rainer<at>krugs<dot>de
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