<zimoun`>and I have not examined how many files each package contains
<rekado>zimoun`: I have mixed feelings about this. I don’t think it’s a great idea to host data on CRAN or Bioconductor, and the fact that it is done is merely evidence of a person with a hammer seeing nails everywhere.
<zimoun`>and they are not packages but really flat data.
<rekado>on the other hand: some data files for R are generated from generic data files with the current version of R, so they really are “built” in a way.
<rekado>and the fact that they exist as packages in CRAN and Bioconductor means that R users will want to be able to install them (rather than use some other mechanism to fetch and load them).
<zimoun`>rekado: I do not buy the argument. :-) Otherwise, it applies to Dockerfile for reproducible. «the fact that it is done».