Thanks for the various feedback on my original description of a tool for creating/updating/managing R packages. Let me outline a modified version for tracking CRAN packages in pkgsrc for more feedback. That sounds good to me. It would be nice if in the glorious future there was a version of this for other languages (as Benny mentioned CPAN), and even nicer if there was some common infrastructure for the perl/tex/python/R/ruby/guile... variants. I generally think it's a feature that the script is not interactive, but placing of new packages seems tricky. Still, either way is a huge improvement over the way things are. It sounds like this can regularize Makefiles for R packages that are different from how they'd be generated, and with manual review that could lead to cleaner pkgsrc entries; if I followed that right it sounds sensible. I don't see any reason not to add pkgtools/R2pkg with the program.
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