Several weeks ago we introduced the drat package. Its name stands for drat R Archive Template, and it helps with easy-to-create and easy-to-use repositories for R packages. Two early blog posts describe drat: First Steps Towards Lightweight Repositories, and Publishing a Package, and since the previous release, a a guest post on drat was also added to the blog.
Several people have started to use drat to publish their packages, and this is a very encouraging sign. I also created a new repository and may have more to say about this in another post once I get time to write something up.
Today version 0.0.3 arrived on CRAN. It rounds out functionality, adds some fixes and brings more documentation:
commit=TRUEis needed when adding packages) but plan to expand it
The work on the vignettes is clearly in progress as Colin's guest post isn't really finished yet, and I am not too impressed with how the markdown is rendered at CRAN so some may still become pdf files instead.