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The Problem With Meta-Packages

John Mount has a critique of meta-packages:

Derek Jones recently discussed a possible future for the R ecosystem in “StatsModels: the first nail in R’s coffin”.

This got me thinking on the future of CRAN (which I consider vital to R, and vital in distributing our work) in the era of super-popular meta-packages. Meta-packages are convenient, but they have a profoundly negative impact on the packages they exclude.

I’m not really sold on Jones’s argument, but I do think Mount has a good point.