A new minor release of the drat package arrived on CRAN today making it the first release in one and a half years. 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 with marked releases is the better way to distribute code.
Because for once it really is as your mother told you: Friends
don’t let friends install random git commit snapshots. Properly
rolled-up releases it is. Just how CRAN shows us: a model that has
demonstrated for two-plus decades how to do this. And you can
drat is easy to use, documented by six
vignettes and just works. Detailed information about
drat is at its documentation site. Two
more blog posts using drat from GitHub
Actions were just added today showing, respectively, how to add to a drat repo in
either push or pull mode.
This release contains two extended PRs contributed by drat users! Both extended support for macOS: Joey Reid extended M1 support to pruning and archival, and Arne Johannes added bug-sur support. I polished a few more things around the edges, mostly documentation or continuos-integrations related.
NEWS file summarises the release as follows:
Changes in drat version 0.2.4 (2023-10-09)
A minor vignette typo was fixed (Dirk)
A small error with
insertPackage()was corrected (Dirk)
A few small maintenance tweaks were applied to the CI setup, and to the main README.md
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