HowTo access a file repository. This article demonstrates how you can make use of the reposTools package available in the Bioconductor project to quickly and easily access, download and install files stored in R repositories. This package provides a set of interactive tools to communicate with R repositories as well as tools to handle automatic library management. An R file repository is a set of packages, vignettes, or other data that can be accessed interactively. Users can obtain automatic updates of packages, data and other R related resources. The reposTools package allows users to easily locate and communicate with R repositories, and download/update/install the available objects on the remote repository to the local system with attention paid to dependencies, platform, version, etc. A key aspect for this package is automatic library management for the user’s R installation, which is the focus of this article.

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  1. Eckel, Sandrah P.; Peng, Roger D.: Interacting with local and remote data repositories using the stashR package (2009)